Specialist William Schnarr, US Army
William was born and raised in Montgomery City, Missouri. Following high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and completed boot camp at National Recruiting Command, Great Lakes, in 2002. Upon certification as a boatswain’s mate, he served at various duty stations. After his enlistment with the US Navy and Navy Reserve, he joined the Missouri Army National Guard and completed basic combat training and infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2009, he enlisted with active duty Army and got stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. In December 2009, William deployed to Yusufiyah, Mahmoudiyah, and later Baghdad in Iraq as an infantryman in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later Operation New Dawn.
After returning from Iraq in December 2010, William started suffering from depression and anxiety and attempted suicide in August of 2011. He was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and was medically retired from the US Army in March of 2013.
William is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Business Administration at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and serves as Post Commander of American Legion Post 44 in Florissant, Missouri, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.