MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
As a recruit does push-ups on the quarterdeck under the watchful eye of his drill instructor, one of the last things on his mind is that the drill instructor that he perceives to be so cruel would one day go on to write children’s books.
Roger Williams, a retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3, started his extensive career as the Corps’ most famous military occupational specialty; the infantryman.
Williams later became a drill instructor, an instructor for both Drill Instructor School and the School of Infantry. Williams then went on to become a warrant officer deploying to the Middle East as the fuels officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 273.
“My experience as an enlisted Marine helped me lead as a warrant officer,” said Williams as he thought back to leading the Marines of MWSS-273 fuels platoon.
In 1994, Williams retired as a CWO 3 with more than 22 years of service. He now serves his community as a Naval Science instructor at Colleton County High School for the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
It was Williams’ experience as a teacher and a grandfather that gave him the inspiration to write his two children’s books, Me-Me N Me and Operation Desert Mail.
Me-Me N Me is a children’s book, that also teaches a lesson about parents not pushing their kids to grow up too quickly.
“Young parents will sometimes rush into things,” said Williams. “The trick is to be patient and let the kids grow up when they’re ready.”
Operation Desert Mail is the second book Williams recently published about a little girl who had both of her parents deploy at the same time.
“The book is inspired by a true story about a girl in my student-teaching class,” said Williams. “I wanted this story to help foster patriotism in younger Americans.”
Williams also donates 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these books to the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help fight premature births and help children diagnosed with pediatric cancer.
“These books were made to promote reading among young children and help them become better readers, lifelong learners and critical thinkers,” explained Williams.
Some final thoughts Williams offered, “Try to give back. Try to find a way to thank those that helped you become successful as a Marine and as a person.”
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