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Kinston Family Mourns Loss Of Sailor At Sea

Posted May 27, 2003

— Petty Officer 3rd Class Dwayne Williams was known to his family as "Tu".

The nickname caught on early.

"My father gave him that name," said Curtis Williams, Dwayne's father. "Just called him 'Tutu.' A song came out a while back, 'Don't Mess With My Tutu.' My daddy named him after that."

William's father has fond memories of his son as he grieves Dwayne's death over the weekend. The 23-year old sailor fell off the deck of the USS Nassau as the ship returned from the Persian Gulf.

Dwayne Williams was playing a game of football as the crew celebrated its return to the states.

"It's just unbelievable," Curtis Williams said. "He's been out there for nine months, on his way home, and never makes it. It's just something you can't get over."

Dwayne Williams' mother was on the way back to her home in Philadelphia Tuesday. She wants to hear from other sailors about what happened.

She told the CBS "Early show" that her son was quiet but strong.

Williams' family said he wanted to join the Navy since his older brother signed up. A memorial service is set for Thursday in Norfolk.

Dwayne Williams' body was lost at sea. His family continues to pray that his remains will be found.

"It's not complete," said Monica Calloway, his half sister. "You go to a memorial service, and you don't see anything or anybody.

"If they could continue to search and find him, we would feel more comfortable that it's completed."

Until then, the family only has memories.

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