East Texas Soldier Coming Home

It's been nearly 18 months since Army National Guard Specialist Ray Williams Jr left Lufkin for Iraq. "I wasn't worried because of the fact that he is a soldier going to war, then it was no need to worry about it because you have an obligation to our country to do these kind of things and those of us who get chosen or volunteer we ask for whatever goes along with it", says Ray Williams Sr.

Mary Williams had some sleepless nights worrying about her son. "I was a little frightened at first because I felt like for me asking him to get into the National Guard because it gave him something to do, I felt like it would be my fault it something happen to him", says Mary Williams.

The Williams family no longer have a need to worry. They received a telephone call from Ray saying he was safe in Kuwait and on his way home. "That was exciting because I knew he had his eyes on the tunnel then he was ready to come off the playing field",says Ray Sr.

The William's will travel to Waco to see their son in a special ceremony Saturday, December 10, 2005.