Lance Corporal William T. Wild IV, 21 of Anne Arundel, Maryland, died on March 19th. He and six other Marines were killed during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, in Nevada.
William, known as Taylor, had joined the Marines in October of 2010 and had been deployed once to Kuwait and twice to Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
Taylor grew up in the Whitehurst Community in Severna Park. He graduated from Severna Park High School in June 2010 where he was a proud member of the wrestling and baseball teams, including the 2009 State Championship team and earned a Minds in Motion award through his studies.
Taylor was an avid Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles fan. He also enjoyed spending time boating with friends on the Severn and Magothy River, and skeet shooting in Maryland and North Carolina.
Neighbor Bob Richhart spent an afternoon with the young Marine last summer, swapping stories poolside. Richhart served four years in the Marines and spoke of how he was once caught with contraband Juicy Fruit and ordered to chew the wrappers.
He recalled Taylor laughing.
Diane Lyons said she has lived 40 years in Whitehurst with her husband, Don. Together, where they watched Taylor grow and speak of him with the pride of parents.
Meanwhile, Patricia Zwald says her son, Andrew, also served in the Marines and grew up in the community. She struggles to come to terms with Taylor’s death.
Taylor is survived by his parents, William and Elizabeth, brother, Griffin and sister, Libby all of Severna Park; grandparents, William and Patricia Wild of Glen Burnie and Jan Sprinkel and Judy Graham of Annapolis; several aunts, uncles and cousins and was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elizabeth Sprinkel.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd, with the procession meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Gate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: “Marines Helping Marines,” or to “Friends of the Fallen.”