William Francis “Chief” Carlson

William Francis “Chief” Carlson

Birth
California, USA
Death 25 Oct 2003 (aged 43)
Afghanistan
Burial Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 152605043 View Source

On October 25, 2003, William was one of two civilian contractors working for the Central Intelligence Agency who was killed during an ambush near Shkin. The region they were operating in is part of the remote mountainous region along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden is thought to be hiding. It is also a stronghold for al-Qaida, Taliban and other anti-U.S. fighters. The officers, assigned to CIA's Directorate of Operations that conducts clandestine intelligence gathering and covert operations, died while tracking terrorists operating in the region. They were involved in a six-hour gunfight between Taliban rebels and U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces. William served for two decades in the Army and had extensive special operations experience. He went by the nickname "Chief" in deference to his heritage as a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. He had recently retired after nearly 21 years of military service, only to volunteer again to serve the country he loved in a different capacity. He served because he truly loved America and all it stood for. William was proud to be a part of the Special Operations community.


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