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LTC William Randolph “Salty” Watkins, III

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LTC William Randolph “Salty” Watkins, III

  • Birth 17 Dec 1965 South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 2003 Tikrit, Salah ad Din, Iraq
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Site 7896
  • Memorial ID 8545433

Killed In Action in Iraq. F-15E weapons system officer stationed with the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina. Also killed was Capt. Eric Das, the Pilot of the F-15E. Capt. Das also has a memorial dedicated to him on this site. Please remember these brave men and the freedoms that have provided for us.

It has been brought to my attention that Maj. Watkins had been promoted after his death to Lt. Col. Thank you Jim for noting this.

NOTE: Some of the officer's remains were recovered later (along with the pilot's) a not-uncommon occurrence when a supersonic jet crashes in a combat zone. The families decided to have the newly found remains buried at Arlington. In a joint burial, the remains of Lieutenant Colonel William R. "Salty" Watkins III and Captain Eric B. "Boot" Das were laid to rest in a single casket, in a single grave. Burial Date was 28 Aug 2003. He is indeed buried in two places, three if you count the crash site in Iraq.

The original burial date was 3 May 2003
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5th Great Grandfather - Col Samuel Woodson Venable who served in Capt Thomas Watkins dragoons in Revolutionary War. ID# 5455800


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  • Maintained by: Mary Melissa Newlon Watkins
  • Originally Created by: John from California
  • Added: 22 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8545433
  • All for my Dita
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC William Randolph “Salty” Watkins, III (17 Dec 1965–7 Apr 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8545433, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Mary Melissa Newlon Watkins (contributor 47995404) .