Fort Knox Public Affairs Office
A Fort Knox Soldier died Saturday of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Company F, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
He began his military service in January 2003 and arrived to Fort Knox in January 2013.
This was Lacey’s fifth deployment, having served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Bronze Service Stars,
two Iraq Campaign Medals with Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Basic Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Lacey has been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
A Duke remembrance ceremony in Lacey’s honor is scheduled to take place Saturday in Afghanistan. A ceremony at Fort Knox will also be held at a time to be determined.