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Local Reservist Remembers Robin Williams' Service to Troops

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - Many will remember Robin Williams for the legacy he left on the big screen. However, on Fort Hood some soldiers remember him for his visits in war zones.

Williams formed part of the USO, a non-profit aiming to lift the spirits of troops and their families. He visited troops in 12 foreign countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, from 2002 to 2013.

U.S. Army Reservist Catherine Gibson describes Williams as someone who made your day better. She said his shows brought laughter to many servicemen and women. In addition, his personality filled everyone with positive thoughts.

Gibson spent a year in Iraq serving our country, but she was miles away from her loved ones.

"Some days were a lot worse than others,” said Gibson. “Some days you wanted to be home. You missed home, you cried."

Her tears turned into joy when Robin Williams visited her base in Iraq during Christmas time of 2007.

“He definitely made my day when he was there and he shook my hand and he told me 'hey you're almost done, you are almost out of here...smile. It will be all good.’" said Gibson.

“I come here for you because I believe you are amazing.” said Williams to a crowd of soldiers on a USO tour.

For Gibson, it was amazing to meet one of her favorite actors, shake his hand and even talk to him.

“When you do tell him it is an honor, he looks at you like you are crazy and tells you ‘no, it is an honor to meet you. You are the one that is the soldier, you are the one that is over here.’” said Gibson. “That to me just shows the kind of person he was.”

Gibson said Williams was more personable than other personalities visiting the troops.

USO estimates that Williams visited or performed for 89,000 service members during his 12 plus years of volunteer work.

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