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Jun 22, 2013 12:20 AM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Family celebrating life of fallen Fort Carson soldier

The family of one of Fort Carson's most recent casualties is celebrating the life of their soldier and say his death should serve as a reminder that dangerous duty is still being carried out overseas by members of the military.

Specialists William Moody, Amber Alt and Robert Ellis were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday. All three were assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson. Moody grew up in Texas, but his parents and other family members live in Peyton.

"Not something you want to hear, you know, you get a phone call and somebody tells you your child's been killed," described Bill Moody, William Moody's father. "I don't know if it's really truly sunk in yet."

Moody leaves behind a wife and three young children, his family is trying to focus on the good memories of "Billy."

"Family man, loved his family very much," Bill Moody said. "Just an all around good kid."

From a young age Moody wished to continue a family tradition of military service, dreaming of being a fighter pilot but eventually joining the Marine Corps. During his service in the Marines he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He left the Marines, but after around two-years of civilian life decided to join the Army.

"It just wasn't working for him," Bill Moody said of his son's stint as a civilian. "It wasn't what he wanted, so he decided he'd try the Army.

Though he rarely spoke of his tours Moody's family knew he'd seen heavy combat and that his duties were dangerous. They knew it was possible he could be killed in the line of duty, but nothing could prepare them for his death. Rather than mourn him, they are celebrating his life.

"He won't see his children grow up, he won't see his sister's get married and their children," Wendy Moody, his stepmother, explained. "But he will be watching over us and I know that, in my heart I know that."

The Moody family shared their story with News 5 not just to remember William, but also to remind everyone that thousands of service members are still putting their lives on the line in war zones everyday.

"These men and women are still going over there, their lives are in danger every day," Bill Moody described. "That doesn't change."

A memorial service for Specialists Moody, Alt and Ellis will be held at Fort Carson next week.

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