Tunica soldier killed in battle

By SHELIA BYRD / The Associated Press

Army Pvt. William Brandon Dawson’s younger brothers looked up to him as a man with the characteristics of a good soldier.
“He never talked back to his mother or father. He was always respectful,” said Joseph Dawson. “He was a perfect man.”
William Dawson, 20, from Tunica, was killed Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, his relatives confirmed.
The military informed Quita Weeden Dawson of Tunica her eldest son was driving the lead truck in a convoy that was struck by a missile, Joseph Dawson said.
Joseph Dawson said his brother was based in Anchorage, Alaska. Maj. William Coppernoll of the U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs Office declined to comment Monday, pending completion of the next of kin notification process.
The Department of Defense hadn’t released any details Monday about the incident.
William Dawson, a 2009 graduate of Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, was the eldest of his mother’s four sons.
Joseph Dawson, 18, said the family last saw his older brother about four months ago when he was on leave from Alaska.