Screaming Eagles Through Time
Spc. William S. Dusenbery


Fairview Heights, Illinois
Killed in action November 15, 2003

Illinois crash victim loved helicopters

November 17, 2003

An Illinois man killed Saturday when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Iraq was devoted to flying.

''It was like he lived to be around the aircraft,'' Jessica Wheat said of Army Spc. William D. Dusenbery, 30, of Fairview Heights, whom she planned to marry. ''The Black Hawk and other aircraft, it was like they were a part of that man like his left arm.''

His father, William Dusenbery, said: ''He died doing something he loved, which was flying his helicopters."

The 30-year-old Dusenbery was part of the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Wheat said the only thing ''he put above his helicopters was his girls,'' referring to his 11-year-old stepdaughter and 7-year-old daughter, who live with their mother.

Dusenbery spent a good chunk of his life in the Fairview Heights area, near St. Louis, but also had lived in Chicago and out of state.