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Three NC soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted October 2, 2012

— The remains of three North Carolina soldiers killed in Afghanistan will be returned home Tuesday during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Maysville, Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford and Sgt. Thomas J. Butler of Wilmington, who all served in the Army National Guard, were killed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a military news release. 

Johnson's uncle told WRAL News that a suicide bomber was to blame for deaths of Hardison, Johnson and Butler, along with about a dozen others.

The remains were expected to arrive in Dover about 7 p.m. for the dignified transfer, a solemn service in which transfer cases containing the remains are deplaned and taken to the base mortuary. The facility at Dover Air Force Base is the largest military mortuary in the United States.

In 2009, the Obama administration announced a change in policy to allow media to cover dignified transfers if family members consent. The relatives of Hardison, Johnson and Butler have given their consent, according to the release.


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  • sillywabbitthepatriot Oct 3, 2012

    Over 2000 Americans have died in the war in Afganistan. There are no demands to Obama to end the war, no protesters camping out on Obama's personal property or the White House, no chants from the same group of people who protested the wars during Bush's presidency. It doesn't matter who started the wars, but it is clearly disengenious for a group of people to so adamantly protest war while one president serves and totally disregard the same wars after another takes place.

    May God bless and protect our men and women in uniform, comfort the families who have lost loved ones, and strenghen those who are mentally and physically maimed.

  • mustangyts Oct 3, 2012

    Bush inherited 8 years of Clinton doing absolutely nothing about terroism on American interest. 1993 the bombing of the world trade center, the USS Cole, our embassys bombed. What did Clinton do, NOTHIHING! Bush was in office just 100 days when the world trade center was hit the SECOND time. Bush was the one that took the fight to the terrorist. Clinton did nothing, all he worried about was his political career. Bush had to make some tough choices. He put the safety of the American people first. The world trade center attack took about 6 years of planning and was planned right here in America right under Clintons nose. Please quit blaming bush for everything.

  • 426X3 Oct 3, 2012

    Some more wasted life for a war that will never end.

  • keifer Oct 3, 2012

    "Did everyone notice that one of the three soldiers was a female soldier."

    FYI - Sgt Johnson of Raeford was from another NCNG unit who volunteered for deployment. May God give comfort to her family.

  • foghat001 Oct 3, 2012

    Salute to these brave people !!

  • SmokeWagon Oct 3, 2012

    ..."Obama's War???? Apparently you don't remember that BOTH of the wars started under the Bush administration..."

    Apparently YOU where asleep in 2008 when Bush left the White House and your inexperianced junior senator took over...?????

  • Flattop Oct 3, 2012

    Did everyone notice that one of the three soldiers was a female soldier. Our brave men and women are risking there lives everyday in a country where democracy has not existed in 2000 years. We will never change the way they live or respect each other. Lets bring our brave men and women home. RIP, our brave soldiers and North Carolina citizens. We are proud of you.

  • Union Cavalry Oct 3, 2012

    Markevankidd---very well said. It is time to show respect to
    these soldiers, who gave all, and to their families who are grieving. It is not the right place to shoot your mouth off as
    some of you have.

  • trueblue0100 Oct 3, 2012

    "Wait a minute. Why are we fighting a war when our president has a Nobel peace prize?"

    the president who began the war is not the same president who won the Nobel peace prize...why is that so easy to forget?

    EXACTLY!!!! The wars and the Nobel Peace Prize have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Some people have a problem with facts.

  • JAFOinWF Oct 3, 2012

    The best way to honor veterans is to ensure there are less of them. We need to stop borrowing from other countries to place our military around the world.