Army Specialist William J. McClellan, 22, originally from New Castle, raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Died November 6, 2008 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D. C. while being treated for injuries sustained in January in a roadside explosion.
He was based in Fort Campbell, Ky., and was a member of Alpha Company, 502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He and his wife, Heather, resided in Clarksville, TN and he was buried in Tennessee.
Born in New Castle, McClellan attended Howe High School in Indianapolis before joining the military and passing his general educational development test. His parents, Arthur and Lisa McClellan, live in Indianapolis.
McClellan received a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge for his actions in Iraq.
His wife said he was driving in a convoy Jan. 10 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. "There were several trucks that had passed over it, but it just so happened when his truck passed, it detonated," Heather McClellan said. She said her husband steered the truck to safety, and no other soldiers suffered serious injuries.
"When they were taking care of him on the field, he had told his guys to hold his place because he'd be back in two weeks," she said. But his injuries, which she described as shrapnel damage to the head, hand and foot, were more serious than he realized.