Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams

Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams 1

LT. NATHAN HOLLINGSWORTH WILLIAMS – US Navy

Hometown: Oswego, NY.
Date of Death: April 6, 2011
Branch: US Navy
Unit: Lemoore Naval Air Station, Ca.

Birth: Jun. 11, 1982
Oswego
Oswego County
New York, USA Death: Apr. 6, 2011
Lemoore
Kings County
California, USA

Navy Lieutenants Matthew I. Lowe (33) and Nathan H. Williams (28) were killed Wednesday 6 April 2011 when their Super Hornet F/A-18F crashed into a field near NAS Lemore. Investigation is underway to determine the cause.

The two-seater F/A-18F crashed into a field a half-mile from Naval Air Station Lemoore during a “routine” training flight, Naval Air Forces officials said in a statement. Both were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 122 based at Lemoore, in California’s Central Valley.

Lowe, a pilot from Plantation, Fla., was commissioned in February 2003 and has flown with VFA-122 since July 2009, according to the Navy. He had previously flown with VFA-94, also based at Lemoore, and has earned the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Williams, a naval flight officer from Oswego, N.Y., was commissioned in May 2004, according to the Navy. He flew with VFA-213 based at NAS Oceana, Va., and reported to VFA-122 in January 2010. His military awards include the Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Oswego
Oswego County
New York, USA

LEMOORE, Calif. — Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams, formerly of Oswego, a weapons systems operator in the U.S. Navy, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in a training accident at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Calif.  He was 28.

Nathan, the son of Alan and Gay Williams, was born in Oswego on June 11, 1982.  He attended Oswego High School where he played varsity hockey and varsity lacrosse, and played saxophone in the wind ensemble, marching band and jazz band. Nathan attended the University of Rochester on a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.  He joined the Theta Chi fraternity, where he served as house steward and vice president. While at the University of Rochester, Nathan met his future wife, Meredith Rauch, of Delmar.  He graduated on May 28, 2004, with departmental honors in math, and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

From the time Lt. Williams entered the ROTC program, he knew he wanted to fly.  His hard work in the program paid off, and in the summer of 2004, Lt. Williams reported for duty at Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training.  In March 2006, Lt. Williams completed flight training and earned his naval flight officer wings.  Lt. Williams was assigned to fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Navy’s elite fighter jet, and became part of the Black Lions Squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceania, near Virginia Beach. Lt. Williams served in the Afghanistan theatre aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, providing air support for U.S. ground troops.

After returning from Afghanistan, Lt. Williams was chosen to be a flight instructor at Lemoore Naval Air Station, training other flight officers on the Super Hornet, and was also selected for the West Coast Super Hornet Demonstration Team.  Lt. Williams was the recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star and two Presidential Air Medals.

Nathan married Meredith Rauch in Troy, on Jan. 13, 2007.  He and Meredith shared a love of travel, cooking and their two adopted rescue dogs, Bailey and Tate.  They also enjoyed returning to the Oswego area for holidays and Byrne Dairy eggnog. Nathan was also a devoted fan of the Buffalo Bills.

Lt. Williams is survived by his wife, Meredith; his parents, Alan and Gay Williams, of Oswego; and his brothers, Jeffrey and Seth, of New York City.

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the untimely death of Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams and paying tribute to his devoted service as a member of the United States Navy
WHEREAS, The courage and bravery of our military personnel ensures our continued role as a Nation which embodies the ideals of democracy, and as a defender of liberty for people throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, It is with feelings of deepest regret that this Legislative Body mourns the untimely death of Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams, and pays tribute to his devoted service as a member of the United States Navy; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams died on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the age of 28, at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Cali fornia; and
WHEREAS, The son of Alan and Gay Williams, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams was born in Oswego, New York on June 11, 1982; he attended Oswego High School where he played varsity hockey and varsity lacrosse, and played saxophone in the wind ensemble, marching band and jazz band; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams attended the University of Rochester on a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship; he joined the Theta Chi Fraternity, where he served as house steward and vice president; and
WHEREAS, While at the University of Rochester, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams met his future wife, Meredith Rauch, of Delmar, New York; he graduated in May of 2004, with departmental honors in math, and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy; and
WHEREAS, From the time Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams entered the ROTC program, he knew he wanted to fly; his hard work in the program paid off, and in the summer of 2004, he reported for duty at Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training; and
WHEREAS, In March 2006, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams completed flight training and earned his naval flight officer wings; he was assigned to fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Navy’s elite fighter jet, and became part of the Black Lions Squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceania; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams served in the Afghanistan thea tre aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, providing air support for U.S. ground troops; and
WHEREAS, After returning from Afghanistan, this outstanding officer was chosen to be a flight instructor at Lemoore Naval Air Station, training other flight officers on the Super Hornet; he was also selected for the West Coast Super Hornet Demonstration Team; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams was the recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star and two Presidential Air Medals; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams is survived by his wife, Mere dith, his parents, Alan and Gay Williams, and his brothers, Jeffrey and Seth; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of compassion, Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to mourn the untimely death of Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams, and to pay tribute to his devoted service as a member of the United States Navy; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to the family of Lieutenant Nathan H. Williams.

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