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Hundreds expected at funeral for fallen American soldier from Carrollton

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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – Mourners will gather Tuesday to honor the life of a Carrollton man who died serving his country.

Sergeant William “Will” Rivers, 46, was killed Jan. 28 in a drone attack in Jordan near the border with Syria. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

Also killed in the attack were Specialists Breonna Moffett, 23, of Savannah, and Kennedy Sanders, 24, of Waycross. Both were posthumously promoted to sergeant.

According to Rivers’ obituary, he displayed a deep patriotism and a desire to serve his country.

A native of Philadelphia, he joined the Army Reserves in 2011 as an electrician and served a nine-month tour in Iraq in 2018. In 2022, Rivers was assigned to the 718th Engineer Company, 926th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade in Fort Moore, Georgia, formerly known as Fort Benning.

Rivers had more than a dozen awards and decorations, including a Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Rivers leaves behind a wife, son and two stepchildren.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton. Atlanta News First will livestream the service.

Following the service, the community is invited to line the Highway 166 Bypass and Bankhead Highway to pay their respects.

A private interment service will take place at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

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