YouTube shout-outs to celebrities by Marines have become a popular way to attempt to get a famous date for the next Marine Corps ball.
But the latest celeb shout-out is much different.
Sgt. Wade “Willy” Wilson was killed in action May 11 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Wilson was a 22-year-old anti-tank missileman assigned to Camp Pendleton’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan — and was apparently a huge Taylor Swift fan.
His friend, former Marine Cpl. Spencer Walker, posted a message to Swift and her fans in the forum section of her website, Taylor Connect. The post includes a link to a YouTube video made by Wilson’s friend, former Marine Cpl. Josh Marreel.
In the video titled “A Fallen War Hero’s Love for Taylor Swift,” Marreel tells the singer how much his friend loved her.
“Anybody that knew Willy personally knew that he worshipped you,” Marreel tells Swift in his video. “He even slept with a poster of you in between our beds in Afghanistan on his first deployment there.”
Marreel said Wilson was his best friend. And Walker wrote in his post in Swift’s forum that Wilson’s mom found out about her son’s death on Mother’s Day. The request in Marreel’s video message to Swift is very simple — just think about his friend.
“I know a lot of people get on here and ask celebrities to go to dances and sh** with them — all I’m asking is for you to think about him.”
A memorial page has been started on Facebook in Wilson’s honor here.