Family, friends mourn Wheaton soldier Army Specialist Samuel Watts

May 21, 2012 (CHICAGO)

A family friend says watts wanted to join the Army since he was in kindergarten.

"Once 9/11 happened he more or less was determined to not let that sort of thing cross our shores again," said John Gibbons, family friend. "He wanted to protect God, country and his family."

Watts earned several awards during his service including the Purple Heart. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division.

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