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First Name: Tracy

Last Name: Willis

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Marshall, TX
Middle Name: C.

Date of Birth: 08 March 1986

Date of Death: 26 August 2007

Rank: Specialist

Years Served: 2004 - 2007
Tracy C. Willis

•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


Tracy C. Willis
Specialist, U.S. Army

On 26 August 2007, then-Specialist Tracy C. Willis was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

On that day, SPC Willis’ unit was engaged in combat action against enemy forces. SPC Willis’ courageous actions that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge

Silver Star Medal Citation (Synopsis)

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Tracy C. Willis, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force while serving with the 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq, on 26 August 2007. Specialist Willis' gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.


Specialist Tracy C. Willis is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX, in Section 26, Site 3128.


Honoree ID: 7379   Created by: MHOH




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