Our owner Mark Williamson served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years of active duty. He left as a decorated service member. Now, he is Naval Science Instructor at the local high school. He started this business because he didn’t feel the local funeral homes were providing the proper tribute to veterans they deserved.
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While attending wakes for many veterans, retired Command Master Chief Mark Williamson always felt something was missing. Having served himself and seeing firsthand the courage, selflessness, and sacrifices our soldiers make, he felt a personal and solemn obligation to offer them the funeral service they so rightly deserve. TAPS Our Duty, LLC. provides a unique service that will help create an atmosphere designed to pay the ultimate tribute to your deceased veteran. TAPS Our Duty, LLC. will display an array of dedicated memorabilia including service flags, 44 inch round service seal embedded into a 4x6 color coded mat , and beautiful military music customized for your veteran's wake.
Many funeral homes aren’t equipped with the supplies and training to organize military tributes. As a result, many families are left with much to be desired. We recognize the sacrifice of veterans and how much better our country is because of their service. We strive to honor all of the veterans we can with military tribute services that pay homage to their honorable military career.
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Command Master Chief Williamson was born in Utica, NY. After graduating from Utica Free Academy he began his career in the U. S. Navy August 18, 1984. After graduation from boot camp in Great Lakes, IL he reported aboard the USS Oak Ridge ARDM-1 for duty as deck seamen. In April 1986 he was accepted in Hospital Corpsman “A” and reported back to Great Lakes, IL in May 1986. After graduation he reported for duty at Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL for duty as General Corpsman. He was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class in 1987 and was sent to Naval Air Station Clinic. In 1988 he was sent to Field Medical Service School for training prior to heading to 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines in Kaneohe Bay, HI as a Line Corpsman. In 1989 he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class and was sent the 3rd Marine Regiment and deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In December 1991 he transferred to Field Medical Service School as troop handler/instructor. In June 1993 he was promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class. In March 1995 he transferred to Surface Force Independent Duty School in Portsmouth, VA upon graduation in April 1996 he was transferred to USS Waterford ARD-5 Groton, CT for duty as Senior Medical Department Representative. In September 1996 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. In September 1997 he transferred to USS Nicholson DD982 for duty as Senior Medical Department Representative. While assigned to USS Nicholson he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Fox and was then sent to Kosovo in support of Operation Allied Force/Noble Anvil. He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in April 1999 and in June he was selected to attend the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI. In September 1999 he transferred to the Naval Academy Branch Medical Clinic for duty as Brigade Activities Officer and Directorate Senior Chief for Preventive Services. He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in March 2002.
In June 2002 he was transferred to Field Medical Service School Camp Lejeune, NC for duty as Command Master Chief. In May 2004, he transferred to 2d Marine Division for duty as Command Master Chief. In February 2005, he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. After a year deployment he returned to Camp Lejeune to continue his duties as Command Master Chief for 2d Marine Division. He retired on February 28, 2007.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3d award), Navy Achievement Medal (4th award), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation (3d award), Meritorious Unit Citation, Battle “E” (2d award), Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and FMF device, Kosovo Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and FMF device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Force Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4th award), NATO Medal (2d award) Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Service Medal, Rifle Expert Medal, Pistol Expert Medal.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from Bellevue University and a Masters in Science in Management from Keuka College, NY. He also holds an advanced certification in Superintendent of Schools certification from Utica College. He also designated as Master Training Specialist through the U. S. Navy.