After an honorable discharge, French joined the Georgia National Guard as a member of the first squadron of the 121st Infantry. He worked with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at the jail and would often check in with co-workers when he was on leave for Guard training.
As part of the Brigade, French was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in mid-2009.
In September of that year, an improvised explosive device exploded while the unit was under attack in Kwhost, Afghanistan, killing French.
Others from Central Georgia honored and remembered in the installation include: Sgt Kelley L. Courtney, USMC (Macon), SPC Mark J. Downer, USA (Warner Robins), SPC Daniel E. Gomez, USA (Warner Robins), SGT David “D’Maine” A. Holmes, ARNG (Tennille), SGT Marcus S. Futrell, ARNG (Macon), SrA Jason D. Nathan, USAF (Macon), Cpl. William G. Taylor, USMC (Macon), SGT Robert “Leeroy” G. Tenney Jr., USA (Warner Robins), Lt. Cpl. Jeffrey D. Walker, USMC (Macon) and EM3 Amber L. Winbourne, USN (Warner Robins).
“I know it means a lot to the Georgia Gold Star Families,” Bill said.
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