On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the 1-75 North and South mile marker 81-83 will be dedicated to the memory of Lance Corporal William L. Koprince, Jr, U.S.M.C. It is fitting because this section is in Loudon County where Lance Corporal Koprince grew up. The ceremony designating this section of I-75 the L. Cpl. William C. Koprince, Jr. Memorial Highway will take place at the Loudon County Visitors Bureau at 10:00 a.m.
Lance Corporal Koprince joined the United States Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) in 2003, and after Parris Island, he was stationed out of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. The Lance Corporal served three deployment tours. One tour in Africa and two tours in Iraq. He was killed by an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device) while on foot patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq on December 27, 2006.
Billy's mother Bernie has developed a program for the Saturday dedication that includes an opening prayer by B.B. Ratledge, the father of Lance Corporal Koprince's battle buddy and the Posting of the Colors by the Young Marines. Sue Dauber, Ann Wolfe and Jimmy Avera of Rolling Thunder® Inc., Chapter 3 will all participate in the ceremony. Jimmy Avera is the Ride Captain for the Ride to the cemetary.
Bernie says, "He was kind, loving, funny, smart and we were totally in love with him"
According to his parents, Billy was a natural leader and great with directions, he had a huge heart, loved pizza and the United States Marine Corps. Bernie Koprince has told this author that she feels a special duty in this life. She has to face her hero son when she reaches the next life.
For more information, please see the Facebook event page here