Sgt. William J. Rechenmacher Jacksonville, Florida United States Army KIA 18 January 2007, Baghdad,Iraq
William J. Rechenmacher's mother said he had wanted to serve his country since he was toddler. And Tom Cruise had something to do with it. "When he was about 2 or 3, he loved 'Top Gun.' We went through three 'Top Gun' tapes because he would constantly play it over and over," said Joanne Gutcher, his mother. "He would sit there and get his dad's motorcycle helmet and plunger and pretend he was flying the plane _ that's what he wanted to do." Rechenmacher, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., was killed Jan. 18 by a roadside bomb while patrolling Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Hood and volunteered to return for another tour. "He knew the risks were higher this time. He was more scared this time, but he still served with honor," said Gutcher. "Every picture that I have from over there he has a smile on his face." He also is survived by his father, Rhett. "It's a hard time but we all know that he was happy doing what he was doing," he said. "He was a man of courage beaming with energy, devotion, humor and the strength to tackle tough challenges _ he was one to always stand up in the storm," said Andrew Molchan, who served with Rechenmacher
February 23, 2011 James McCay I didn't work with him much or know him very well, but the times I was around him he was a lively fun guy, Im sorry he met his fate far too soon.
September 01, 2009 CW4 (Ret.) Steven Schantz In Honor Of Sgt. William J. Rechenmacher Joanne Gutcher
I am so deeply saddened by your loss! I had the opportunity to serve with "Rech", as we called him, during his first tour in Iraq. During this tour, he served with a burning fervor, always volunteering for patrol duty as he thought he was the right soldier to protect us all from danger. He was quick to take on the most dangerous assignments, as if this was his purpose for being in Iraq. He never complained about assuming his role as a gunner in a convoy; rather, he welcomed the challenge. I am sure that his actions were the same during his second tour and on that fateful day of his greatest sacrifice.
His actions will not be forgotten! FIRST TEAM! Rest in peace my friend for you have done your duty well.
CW4 (Retired) Steven Schantz
April 10, 2007 Joanne Gutcher
To My Son, My Hero There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or miss you. Our time together as mother and son was way to short. I know that we will be together again one day. It is just not the same. I am humbled by the impact that you had on the lives of everyone that you touched. I have meet friends that I didn't know you had and I have got closer to the ones that I know. I don't think I would have made it through the memorial at Ft. Hood with out sammie and Sgt. D. They were great and we still keep in touch. Thank You for the 24 short years that you gave to me. I love you and miss you so very, very much. Love always, Joanne Gutcher In Memory of My Son SGT. William Joshua Rechenmacher 01/07/1983 to 01/18/2007