Posted: Jun 25, 2013 7:22 PM by MTN News
Lee James Williamson, a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army, died on Saturday, June 22.
Williamson was assigned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where he lived with his wife.
A press release from the Blackfeet Tribe on Monday stated that Williamson, 44, was in a Humvee when it was hit by an improvised explosive device, and that he died from complications due to a traumatic brain injury.
The press release did not provide any additional information about the IED incident or where or when it occurred.
On Tuesday, we received the following information from the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office:
Chief Warrant Officer Williamson died late last week as the result of a long-term illness not related to a specific Improvised Explosive Device attack in Afghanistan.
Based on health privacy laws, we cannot discuss his treatment.
He was a decorated combat veteran assigned here to Fort Bragg.
Willie Sharpe, Jr., of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council said on Monday, "We are honored to have had such a fine man serving our country. Our prayers are with his family and friends in this time of loss."
Williamson was born in 1969 to Mickey Williamson and the late Audra Bird-Williamson.
He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1988 and joined the armed forces after graduation.