The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


October 4, 2012

Three North Carolina National Guard Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Monday

Thursday, October 4, 2012 — RALEIGH, N.C. –Three members of the North Carolina Army National

Guard’s 514th Military Police Company based in Winterville, N.C.,

died as a result of wounds sustained in a suicide bomber attack while

on patrol in Afghanistan, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.  Three others were


Killed were Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C., Sgt.

Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Browns Summit, N.C., and Sgt. Thomas J.

Butler IV, 25, of Leland, N.C.

“We are still grieving for these Soldiers, their families and

their unit members still carrying on with their mission,” said Maj.

Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina and commander

of the nearly 12,000 men and women of the North Carolina National

Guard.  “They were the embodiment of citizen Soldiers who put

everything on hold to go in harm’s way for all of us.  They will be

remembered and sorely missed.”

The incident that took their lives occurred at approximately 9

a.m. local time in Khost City, Afghanistan, when an insurgent on foot

approached the Soldiers’ patrol and detonated a suicide vest.

Sgt. Johnson joined the North Carolina National Guard in August

2006.  She had previously deployed to Iraq from 2007 to 2008.   Her

awards and decorations included the Combat Action Badge, Iraq Campaign

Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Sgt. Hardison entered the military in May of 2006.  Also a

veteran of service in Iraq, he had deployed there in 2009.  His awards

and decorations included the Combat Action Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal

with a campaign star and the Army Commendation Medal.

Sgt. Butler began his military service in June of 2007.  The

deployment to Afghanistan was his first.  His awards and decorations

included the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

The names of the injured will not be released.  There are no

medical condition reports available at this time.

The unit left North Carolina for Fort Bliss, Texas, in June and

departed for Afghanistan in early August with the unit fully in place

there by the end of the month.

Funeral arrangements for the three fallen Soldiers are

incomplete.  The families have requested that members of the media

respect their privacy as they go through this difficult time.


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