Warrior Wednesday: James William “Will” Coker #NeverForgotten


James William “Will” Coker
Aug. 21, 1952 to Sep. 5, 2011

"Will" Coker U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Will” Coker
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Department of the Navy civilian, James William “Will” Coker, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom was found murdered in Eastern Kabul on September 5, 2011.

Coker was on temporary assignment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He worked for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Va. He reportedly was kidnapped from a power plant. Coker’s body was found in a cave in nearby hills. He was strangled with a belt.

“He raised three children on his own,” said his daughter Carrie Coker-Hughes. “He was a precious man who loved his family and God unconditionally.”

Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens
Strawberry, Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA


The protagonist of my WID is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.
  • Michele Jones

    Missy, what a sad turn of events. Another life taken too soon. Thank you for keeping his memory alive.