There are 38,000 active Marines, but only one holds the title of “Marine of the Year,” and I am proud to say that Marine lives in Alabama. Recently, Governor Bob Riley held a special ceremony to honor this Marine, presenting Sgt. Peyton Williams with an official proclamation. Governor Riley told Sgt. Williams he made the state and nation a better place for everyone. This was Sgt. Williams’ second ceremony. The Top Commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, had previously recognized the Alabama Marine for his exceptional service. His family is very proud of Sgt. Williams and justifiably so. In this regard, his Grandfather Bill Davis told WSFA 12 News: “We love our country and we are proud of him.”
The 22-year-old Wetumpka native joined the Marines after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since enlisting, his service has taken him to at least twenty countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Now, he says he just wants to sit at home and relax for a while. Sgt. Williams’ service with the Marines ended on September 26th, though he still has four years of inactive service. He was also deployed to Mississippi and Louisiana to help with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. We commend Sgt. Peyton Williams for his service to our country and we are extremely proud of him.
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