"She was by far the most outgoing woman I ever met in my life," Brian Williams says of his wife Erin McLyman, a Stryker soldier killed by mortar fire two weeks ago in Iraq, and who will be honored at a memorial today at Fort Lewis. The 26-year-old Army mechanic from Federal Way was a competitor, said her father, Robert McLyman. "If the guys were doing it, she'd do it. She'd do it twice as good just to prove a point."
McLyman, 358th to die
Her obituary is among ten new deaths just added to Seattle Weekly's War Dead pages, in all 358 obits of Washington-connected troops dating to 2001, when Army Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, whose mother lives in Seattle, was one of three Special Forces soldiers killed by friendly fire, followed by Army Sgt. Nathan Chapman, 31, of Puyallup, who in 2002 became the first to die in combat in Afghanistan. Ages 18 to 53, the state's fallen left behind 223 children,153 widows, and four widowers, including the latest, Brian Williams. "She wanted to go fight for her country," he says. "She did whatever they asked her to do."