Cpl. Luke C. Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee worked at the Knoxville Kroger supermarket before enlisting. After working there for seven years, he enlisted in order better himself and try to provide a better life for his family. Store employees had recently sent him a care package with snacks and magazines on University of Tennessee football. It’s a sign of how well liked Luke was that people who shopped at the supermarket where he worked jammed phone lines to offer their condolences. Luke was hired at Kroger in 1989 and transferred to the Northshore location when the store opened in 1996. He enlisted in the military to give his family a better life. He saw it as an opportunity to better himself and as a chance to provide for them. Employees retired his locker, which remained unclaimed with his name tag still attached. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, who just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, a 7-year-old daughter, and a son, 10. He was killed at age 35 in Baghdad when his vehicle accidentally rolled over into a ditch.
7th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division
Fort Stewart, Georgia
Burial: East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee