Flags throughout Groton were lowered to half-staff this afternoon and evening in honor of Marine Corporal William Woitowicz, killed in a “combat operation” on June 7 in Badghis, a province in Afghanistan. The 2007 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School entered the Marines when he graduated, and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Woitowicz, of Orr Road, is survived by his parents, Kevin and Rosemary; his brother, Christopher; and sister, Amanda. Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Bob Johnson, Groton Veteran’s Service Officer.
Badghis Province is located in the rugged hills of northwestern Afghanistan, and was one of the provinces in which the Afghanistan government struck a cease-fire with the Taliban in 2009.
From a Marine Corps press release:
Woitowicz joined the Marine Corps through the Delayed Entry Program on April 5, 2007 and began boot camp Sept. 17 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., graduating Dec. 17. After boot camp, Woitowicz attended the Aviation Logistics Tactical Information Systems Specialist Course, Athens, Ga., and was later assigned as an aviation information systems specialist with Marine Aircraft Group 16, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. In September 2009, he attended Marine Special Operations Command Assessment and Selection, passed the course, and was subsequently assigned as a student to MARSOC”s Individual Training Course. He graduated in September 2010 and was assigned 2d MSOB.
Woitowicz was promoted to Sergeant posthumously on June 7. His decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal. Woitowicz also earned the Army parachutist wings and a brown belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.