Naval officer Nathan Williams remembered in Oswego

Lt. Nathan Williams

A special memorial service was held on the SUNY Oswego campus Monday in honor of Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams.

Williams, a naval aviator and Oswego native, was killed earlier this month when his fighter jet crashed during a training exercise in California. The 28-year-old graduated from Oswego High School in 2000 and attended the University of Rochester. He was a weapons officer and flew in the backseat of F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. He was stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.

Williams joined the Navy in 2004 and served in Afghanistan. His family, friends and fellow naval aviators attended Monday's "Celebration of Life" memorial service held inside Sheldon Hall on campus. During the service Williams was remembered as a dedicated professional. His commanding officer said Williams' actions in Afghanistan helped save the lives of countless soldiers on the ground.

At the service, Williams' fellow naval aviators remembered him not only for his professionalism, but also for his infectious smile and love for his wife Meredith, his family and his friends. Williams was an accomplished athlete and saxophone player in high school. His high school music teacher played the saxaphone at the service in his honor.

Following the service Williams was buried at Riverside Cemetery with full military honors.