FREEPORT (WGME) – A Maine sailor is remembered after being killed in an accident overseas. Austin Williams was only 22 years-old.
More on the legacy he now leaves behind.
A dedication to service sent this sailor across the globe
Austin’s mother Meredith stated, “I’m sure people have accomplished things similar, but not with an attitude like that.”
Navy Engineman Second Class Austin Williams was killed April 5th while serving overseas in Bahrain
Austin’s father Andrew said, “his chief told me if I could have 100 Austin Williams’s under my command this would be the best ship in the Navy.”
His family said he was hit by a car while crossing the street with his friends.
Meredith added, “he had his plan…in motion… he was going to come back to the east coast after Bahrain… Find the love of his life and have a family…… He had a plan… Yea”
A 2014 graduate of Freeport High School, Williams stood-out in more ways than one way. “Oh, he had his own style… His own style” said Meredith.
The track star eventually trading in his neon socks and bandanas for a Navy uniform. His mother stated, “he just never wavered… He knew exactly what he wanted… He joined when he was a junior in HS.”
Intrigued by adventure and his will to serve, Williams went from Freeport to Pearl Harbor and then to Bahrain just last month.
“He really wanted Bahrain and his chief actually said… Why???” stated Meredith. “No one wants to come here and Austin said, ‘I want to travel!'”
His friends and family said that was just him.
Former classmate Sydney Horkan said “I don’t know… If there will ever be anyone that can quite have that Austin vibe. He was just so uiqnite and truly one of a kind.”
While Austin Williams never ran on this track his legacy will live on. His family and his classmates are planning a memorial bench and a scholarship in his honor. “The person that receives this kind of has to meet some standards that Austin met… And do some things that he did… He was involved in everything… Music… Theater… Sports,” said Williams.
The Williams’ said they’ve been overwhelmed with the support from the Navy and even people they’ve never met. Each said their son left an impact on all of them
Meridith concluded, “I wish you got to know him… I wish people… More people got to know him… But he will live within everyone.”