Illinois National Guard

25 May 2012
Public Affairs Office
Services To Be Held For Illinois Active Duty Soldier

WHEATON Spc. Samuel T. Watts, 20, of Wheaton, Ill., died May 19, in Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained April 25, in Zharay, Afghanistan, when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device. Watts was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            “Sam was a really, really good guy and well loved in our community. We are so proud of what our son has done and are truly humbled by the outpouring of prayers and affection,” said Susan Watts, Sam’s mother. “We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support.”

            The family respectfully asks to not be directly contacted by the media at this time for interviews.

            Honorable transfer, visitation, funeral and burial information is as follows:

Honorable Transfer:

May 26-10 a.m. arriving at Dupage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago, Ill.

***Media should arrive at least 30 minutes prior.  Media will have access to the tarmac, but the family requests that media NOT take photos or video imagery of grieving family members. 



May 29-3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 North Main St., Wheaton, Ill.



May 30-10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran church, 410 N. Cross St. in Wheaton, Ill. then procession to Wheaton Cemetery, 1209 Warrenville Road, Wheaton, Ill.


***Media will not be allowed access to the church.



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