Colorado Springs honors Fort Carson soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan


Wednesday marked Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay’s last journey; a final return home during a dignified transfer at Peterson Air Force Base. 

“This was an opportunity for us to show that respect back to the sergeant that gave up his life for all of us,” Colorado Springs Police Lt. Howard Black said.

Lindsay was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson. He served five tours during his career. He has been awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among other awards.

He and Spc. Joseph P. Collette both paid the ultimate sacrifice after coming across enemy fire in Afghanistan on March 22.

It’s a sacrifice the community will never forget.

Fellow first responders escorted the remains of this proud 33-year-old husband and father of four through Colorado Springs Wednesday.

“My heart is so full of pride for the soldier that died and all of our military,” onlooker Joan Silverstien said.

“We are a community that is made up of many active duty and veterans, so for us to be here and providing this service, it’s such a privilege,” Black said.

A privilege and an honor, for those who came out to pay their respects to their hometown hero.

Also on Wednesday, a military plane brought Collette’s body to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. A memorial motorcade then carried him about 30 miles southeast to Lancaster. The 29-year-old leaves behind a wife, two young children and two stepchildren.

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