By Elsa Maxey
With a hero’s welcome, the community is rallying to greet Marine Lance Corporal Kevin “KC” Williams when he gets home. “It looks like KC may be coming home this weekend,” said Helen Curd, who is a neighbor of KC’s parents, Mary and Dale Williams of Quail Valley in Missouri City, eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Last month on June 24, 22-year old Corporal Williams was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan. A U.S. Marine since 2007 when he joined the military, he was undergoing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he had four months to go on the deployment. The reports making it home said the bullet injuring Corporal Williams went through his right forearm. He was taken by helicopter to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for initial surgery. He was then flown to Germany and then had a brief stay in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a move to Balboa in San Diego, where his mom visited him.
Curd said that reports indicate that he will keep the arm, but additional surgeries and rehabilitation are required. Pins, screws and a metal plate are now in his arm and rehabilitation and recovery is expected to take about four months. During the surgical ordeal, Curd said Corporal Williams’ parents, who were monitoring his progress, were not sure he would be given a convalescence leave after that, “so we could welcome him home to Missouri City.”
But, he’s coming home and Curd has been getting help with plans for a homecoming complete with flags from the Exchange Club, and the neighborhood will add its own decorations. On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Corporal Williams will be at the Protector’s Statue Plaza at the Missouri City Public Safety and Municipal Court Complex on Cartwright Road for the presentation of a proclamation by the city. It will be followed by an escort and parade to his home in Quail Valley on Robinson Road. At 5 p.m., the neighborhood community will host a welcome and dessert outdoor reception on the 3200 block of Robinson Road.
We’re told that Corporal “KC”, a graduate of Elkins High School, will be getting a Purple Heart medal at a ceremonial presentation with the rest of his unit, when it returns from Afghanistan.
Curd, who calls herself “the neighbor,” may be called, 281-437-8996, for additional information or simply just to help out with the welcome home ceremony. She extends a “big thank you on behalf of the Williams family for prayers and thoughts sent their way.”