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Two Harbors native keeps troops safe as bomb disposal technician

Lake County News Chronicle November 18, 2011

The mortar was lying smack dab in the middle of the dusty road.

From his vantage point, Tech. Sgt. Bill Williams, a 1995 graduate of Two Harbors High School, sized up the lethal explosive and quickly knew what he had to do. But getting to the mortar meant running through a shooting gallery.

Williams is a bomb disposal technician – think “The Hurt Locker” – and it’s his job to defuse all manner of explosives. On this day, July 26, 2010, Williams and another airman were called to the village of Shah Mazar in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, where soldiers looking for a kidnapped U.S. sailor had been rocked by an improvised explosive device. The IED kicked out an unexploded mortar into the middle of the road.

It had to be defused.

“We didn’t know they were in an active firefight. When we stepped off the bird, they said ‘keep your head down,’” said Williams, 34, now of Sun Prairie.

Usually the area is secured before Explosive Ordnance Disposal members arrive. Not on this hot July day.

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November 18, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , ,

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