Willard Washburn was born in 1844, the son of Stephen.
Willard was 18 years old and had possibly just moved to Kent County from Ontario, Canada, when he enlisted in Company F on March 19, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered on April 30.
He was killed in action August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and was presumably among the unknown soldiers whose remains were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1876 his father applied for a pension (no. 228779), but the certificate was never granted.