Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton

27, of Easley, South Carolina.
Hampton was the pilot on a OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, Armed Reconniasiance Helicopter when it was shot down by enemy ground fire. She was Troop Commander of Delta Troop, 1st Squadron 17th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on January 2, 2004.

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"I am making a T-shirt quilt for our son. The pieces are all shirts from US Navy students based in Pensacola FL that he taught to fly - from 0 hours to their first Solo. Each student gave a piece of their shirt to our son, Bill Ward after their first solo. ENS USN Hunter Dodd, sent a section of his shirt home with our son like everyone else. As I am putting this quilt together, I look at this piece with such humble gratitude. It is signed, "In Loving Memory"; a memorial shirt honoring CPT KIMBERLY N. HAMPTON. Our son served with the USMC in Iraq. I know the constant worry as a mother. I am grateful that our son came home, but express so much love and appreciation to Kimberly's family and the people that know her in their hearts. Thank you for your sacrifice. The quilt is a small thing but is extremely meaningful to me with this "one quilt piece" that means so much to every military family. THANK YOU and I pray that your hearts will have peace."
Roberta Ward of Pocatello, ID

"i didn't know you but i am researching a fallen soldier for school.i am inspired by your story. may you rest in peace"
a friend of ny

"SGT Garvin, thank you so much for your kind message to Kimberly, and for attending her service in '04. Thank you also for your service to our country, and hopefully your injuries are not causing you continued problems. Kimberly was not married, and you do have that part confused with someone else. She loved her job and was doing what she wanted to do, and I'm sure any sadness that you perceived was just concern for the situations in Iraq, her constant worry about the troopers under her command, and her desire to keep her parents from worrying. If you would like to contact me privately, please feel free to do so. I would love to hear from you! Annhampton@aol.com"
Ann of SC

"You are not forgotten CPT Hampton. I was with you in Iraq and I was at your funeral. I only knew you as a passer by but I was there and saw the constant sadness on your face every day before my own crash which happened before yours. I was lucky to only receive a broken spine. I didn't know you but I did know that you had just been recently married and that was the result of your sadness every day you passed by me. I would have been sad too given the circumstance. After my recovery at Ft. Bragg I was given an option to go to your funeral. I chose to go and pay respect to someone that I didn't know but fully respected all the same. It has been just over 9 years CPT Hampton but to this day and every day until my last breath I will never forget the brief moment of time in Iraq with you or the amazing funeral put together for you. The Clydesdale's were amazing and it was the first time I'd ever witnessed an entire Company of Cavalry Men cry to one's loss when the bagpipes started playing. I was one of them. Farewell CPT Hampton and Godspeed"
SGT Kacy Garvin of Austin, TX USA

"My dearest Kimberly...nine years means that we are just that much closer to seeing you again. We are proud of you, of the young lady you grew up to be, and the love and compassion you showed to those around you. We miss you more every day, but feel your spirit with us, just as you told me in an email shortly before you died. We love you more today than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
Mom and Dad of SC

"I knew Kimberly Hampton when she reported to Korea in 1999. I was the Executive Officer for the 4/7th Cavalry Squadron and the unit's senior Aviation Officer. Kimberly was a bright young LT right out of flight school but she was eager to learn and serve. She quickly fit into the Squadron got along well with everyone. She worked for me as the assistant Flight Operations Officer at Camp Staton and she was a good young soldier. A few years later when I heard she was a Troop Commander at Fort Bragg, I was very proud to see who far she had progressed and developed as an officer and Army aviator. It was with deep sadness I learned of her passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She was a fine young lady and great soldier. I will always consider her as one of my favorite LT's."
COL Terence Reeves of Fort Eustis, VA

"Dear Hampton Family,
Thank you for raising such a wonderful individual as your daughter. She has touched so many hearts and impacted many lives. Kimberly and many other American soldiers ensured that our American way of life be upheld. Our prayers are with you. We appreciate what your daughter has done for us as individuals and for America. Thank you!"
ma of Easley, SC

"All were weeping and mourning for a girl, when Jesus said: "Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead, but sleeping." Lc, 8,52

Rest gently between the arms of God who 8 years ago called you in his light, cuddled by the prayers and affection of those who loved you so much and will love you forever until we'll meet you again at Heaven's door. Rest in peace, little wonderful flower, broken on the earth and blossomed in Heaven."
Max of Mondovi', Piedmont, Italy

"For my precious daughter...tomorrow will be 8 years since your final deployment. In some ways it seems like yesterday, and then in other ways it seems like forever. I long to answer the phone and hear your "hey mommie"; I long to hug you; I long to watch you sleep; I long to see you enjoy a home cooked meal. Your dad and I keep going, smiling, crying when no one is around, and always thinking about you. You were the daughter that every parent could be proud of, and oh, we were so proud of you...and still are. It's been a long time, but just that much closer to the time I get to see you again. I love and miss you so much."
Mommie of Seneca, SC

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hampton,
My boyfriend and I both have a great respect for or military men and women. I worked at the Blood Connection the first time we had a blood drive in memory of your daughter. I was privileged to meet both of you at that time. This isn't much, but my boyfriend and I decided shortly afterwards we wouldn't have any children but we do love boxer dogs. So in honor of our men and women we were able to get a male boxer and named him Sargent and we just got a female on Christmas Eve this year and named her Kimber in memory of your daughter. She will never be forgotten. Please feel free to email me if you would like to see a picture of her. styler830@gmail.com God bless you and your family!!"
Shannon Tyler of Piedmont SC

"Godspeed Kimberly Hampton. I flew Huey's in Vietnam -> '66 - '67 Something told me to go to PC yesterday to visit your memorial. I offer your family and friends my greatest condolences. War solves nothing, but is sometimes necessary. Good people pay the price. Forgive us."
Ed Betterley of Piedmont SC

"I remember how I felt when I arrived at the crash sight and how hard it was to be strong that day. Darkhorse Six was how the grunts of C CO 1/505 PIR 82 ABN knew her. I remember finding a fortune cookie fortune in her flight log; the message on it was simple: NEVER STOP SMILING. I have that message tattooed on my arm with sparrows carrying the banner on which it is forever inked. From one warrior to another, Si vic pacem, para bellum. We are the sheepdogs that keep the wolves at bay. Your sacrifice was not cheap and you will always be held in the highest regard."
Aaron Moeller of Victoria, Texas

"I was a Forward Observor in Charlie Company, 1st BN 505th INF, 82nd Airborne Division in Fallujah, Iraq in '03 to '04. When we went out on mission in the city I was one of the Soldiers on the ground that talked on the radio to CPT Hampton. I never met her face to face, but knew when the Kiowa's were over head that someone had our back if something kicked off. I was pulling overwatch on a bridge, which lead to the market. That day, during a Battalion size mission, while CPT Hampton was flying over head, I watched as she was shot down. My platoon jumped into our trucks and drove as fast we could to the location. Once there we dismounted so we could get through the trees faster as the trucks made there way there. I was one of the first to arrive. I rarely talk about this day and the actions while at the scene, even now almost 7 1/2 years later. I have worn her memorial bracelet everyday since I returned from that deployment. I have worn it through 3 other deployments. My thoughts and prayers have went out to her family since that day. I will never forget CPT Hampton and what a great Soldier she was."
SFC Sean Wilson of Ft. Bliss, TX

"This message is six years overdue. I wear Capt Hampton's KIA bracelet, which I signed on to replace since I'd worn it out and broken it, and was motivated to search and find more information about Kim than I had before. The heart-felt remembrances posted here have truly touched my heart, and once again I'm awed by those who choose to serve their country. Kimberly was so obviously exceptional, even among the best and the brightest. I mourn your loss and wish for your peace of heart. She gave all, and so did you."
CM of Whittier, CA, USA

"Memorial Day 31MAY10- I met Kim at a crossroads in my life when I was a cadet sent to shadow a lieutenant. She is exactly what I needed to see about the Army. She taught me more lessons in three weeks than I was capable of fully understanding at the time. 9 years later, her influence continues to shape the way I lead and her death is something I have kept at the forefront of my efforts to remind me that I've only had to give some, but my some should be all of my very best in honor of my friends who have given all. I won't forget- her smile, her voice, her kind demeanor, her ability to balance beauty and brawn, her guidance, her example, her sacrifice. I think of her often."
Susana, CPT, US Army of Baghdad, Iraq

"I was there that day and can never thank CPT Hampton enough for the support that she provided us on the ground during that operation. I remember seeing the aircraft get hit and crash and can still feel the knots in my gut. I was in the group that drove over there knocking down walls to find the aircraft. I wish we could have done more. There was a photo of a young boy on her leg board. That has always had a huge effect on me. I wonder about that little boy all the time. I am very sorry for your loss and will never forget CPT Hampton as the dedicated professional who gave everything she had to support the guys on the ground."
SFC C of Fort Benning, GA

"My dearest Kimberly, Even though I "talk" to you all the time, I never write on any of your pages...writing is what you and your dad are good at. I'm best with hugs. Yesterday I attended the funeral of a Gold Star Mom from the Vietnam era, and the following poem was printed in her program:

Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom
Early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days
In the fun that summer brings

Remember me in the fall
As you walk through the leaves of gold
And in the wintertime - remember me
In the stories that are told

But most of all remember
Each day - right from the start
I will be forever near
For I live within your heart

-Judith Karen Bulock-

And yes my dearest baby girl...you do live within my heart. I love you and miss you oh so very much."
Mom of Seneca, SC USA

"To the family of CPT Kimberly Hampton. I served with your daughter in Korea, Camp Stanton, and also at Ft. Bragg. She was an amzing woman, an outstanding Officer, Aviator and Commander. Her troopers loved and she will always be in my memories. I loved her and miss her, and I know she is in a better place waiting for all of us."
CW4 Richard H. Finlan Jr. of Ft. Rucker, AL

"To Kimberly's parents. As a parent I can't begin to imagine your pain. As an American I want to thank your daughter for sacrifice and courage. My husband and I also have wanted to do something for a family that has lost a child in the military and your daughter's story touched our heart. We have a child who plays tennis for Wren that may go to PC one day. I realize you don't know us but we would like to offer our vacation home to you for a visit if you are interested please email us at jhardymd@charter.net. If you can't use it but know of a family that can please help us get in touch with them, we really want to do something in support of our military families that have made the ultimate sacrifice."
Diane Hardy of Anderson,SC

"Kimberly- I still remember, I still miss you, and I will never forget the positive impact you had on my life. Thanks for being you."
Cindi-Jean (Smith) Garrett of Bear, DE

"On Memorial Day weekend 2009, I express continued respect, admiration, and rememberance of our hero Capt. Hampton - to her above and her family still on earth."
John Davis of Simpsonville, SC USA

"December 29, 2008
To the family of Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton:
Kimberly gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"You are remember forever.
Jeanette Shimkus
Jeanette Shimkus of Chesapeake, VA

"Dear Hampton family, I have written before, but you have to know what a gift your daughter is. I speant my life in a continual state of disaster. I had no idea just how depressed I was in college. It took me numerous hospital stays, eventually ending up in over four months of mental wards. Long before I realized just how bad I was off, your daughter managed to keep me living long hour after hour, and day after day. I can't think of a single person that could come close to what your daughter was able to achieve. She made my miserable existance somehow tolerable. Partly due to her, I am still alive. The amount of good she created in this world is more than you could ever know.. Losing her is the worst thing I can ever think of happening to a family... especially when it is kimberly (I can't spell). Please do your best to realize that you gave birth to a saint. As far as I know, I've never met anyone with such beautiful qualities. If I were you, I'd be the proudest parent on the face of the earth. However, that still doesn't bring her back to us. Not many people die in such an honorable way. I miss her every day. Which may seem wierd, because I wasn't one of her best friends, but she was one of mine. I can't imagine being anything but beyond proud when it comes to your daughter. She has spread a level of hope, opportunity, kindness, and love that most people could not achieve in a hundred years. Don't let a day go by without realizing what a hero you have."
jenny schmitz of nellysford , va

"What a woman. She had no reason to give me the time of day, yet , I found her smile carrying me through the day. There wasn't any reason why she needed to give me the time of day. But, she could tell I was someone barely hanging on to sanity. Every time I saw her, she worked to help me make it through antoher day. Most anyone in the world has their faults, yet I find myself unable to come up with a single fault regarding Kimberly. Her optimism dwarfed any dismal thoughts I had (I can't spell). She was always so secure in GOd, in helping anyone and everyone who needed encouragement. I was one of those persons that continually was rescued by Ms.Hampton. I spent the time period in which I knew Ms.Hampton on an eternal suicide mission. Somehow she could smile and make me get through even the next minute. The world has lost one of the best persons to hit the face of the earth. But, she has paved the way for others to act upon the call of duty defending our country (whether we believe force is neccessary or not)"

"I was thinking of you today and our time as classmates at PC so many years ago. I can still hear your voice and see your smile. God Bless Kim, it was an honor and privelege to have known you."
CPT Blake A. Melancon of Olympia, WA

"I will never forget your sacrifice for America Capt. Hampton. May you rest in peace"
Bill of Rome, NY

"Thank You so much for serving and protecting this country. Even though you have fallin you will never be forgotten."
Samantha Ball of Kansas

"I never met you but i understand that we are 2nd cousins,I am David Morris's son from florida.i just wanted to thank you for defending our freedom and i am honored to be related to such a hero. R.I.P"
jessie hill of port saint lucie fl.

"It has been 4 years today... almost to the hour. We miss you terribly but we are so proud of you. The number of lives you have impacted continues to amaze us. We love you and miss you and today we will remember you and all the wonderful times we had. Godspeed Kimberly!

Your dad..."
Dale Hampton of Easley, SC

"To the Family of CPT Kimberly Hampton. I served with Kimberly in Afghanistan. I was the Air Operations NCO for the 20th Special Forces Group. She always made my day with her beautiful smile and freshness about her. I didn't find out about it until I was watching CNN one day when they announced that she had been killed in iraq. I hate to confess but I cried like a baby that day. It turned my soul inside out. I feel your pain and will always have her in my memory. God bless you"
MSG Stanley Kight of Birmingham, Alabama

"My Dearest Kimberly... if there is any way in Heaven for you to receive this message, and I pray there is, I want you to know how much I am thinking of you especially on this day... the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

I remember vividly that you called later that day from Camp Stanton, Korea to see if your Mom and I were OK and you told us how everyone there was ready to do whatever was necessary to defend our country. We were so incredibly proud of your patriotism and courage and always will be. Had it not been for the events of 9/11/01, you would still be with us today.

We are grateful to you for being a wonderful daughter your entire life who always made us so incredibly proud to be your parents. You were such a loving person and exemplary role model for others who have followed your life examples. We miss your beautiful smile and long for the day we will see you again.

Rest asured that your ultimate sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Your selfless service and willingness to continually place yourself in harms way to protect your fellow soldiers and defend your country from those who want to destroy us will never be forgotten regardless of the eventual outcome in Iraq.

As I often told you even before your military days... "you are my hero" and you always will be.

Godspeed Kimberly! I love you, I miss you and I long to hold you close.

In loving memory of you on this day,"
your Dad

"To Kimberly's Family

My heart goes out to you for the loss of your daughter Kimberly. I know it's been some time since she left, but, I am sure for you it seems like just yesterday. My prayers are with you and your family. I hope you won't mind, but, I created a memorial for Kimberly on http://www.aherostribute.org/military/army/Army_Capt_Kimberly_C_Hampton_Memorial.html It's just a small way to say thank you to her for her sacrifice.

May God keep you and your family in His Grace..."
Cheryl Polk of Wade, North Carolina


"Almost three years now and the torment, frustration and pain from that day is still just as real. For those who were there, for those who remember your honesty, your concern and belief in what is right and true... we miss you painfully knowing that we may never have our own peace... Keep watch over God's Angels... your friend, your brother and one who will never forget. We got there as soon as we could.

Shadow 6
Alpha Troop 1/17 Commander

Todd Franken (Fayetteville, NC)"
Major Todd Franken of Fayetteville, NC USA

"It is because of people of your strength, courage, and calibre that this country stands as it does today: as proud as it ever was!

Your dedication and resolve go far in promoting safety for us at home, and fear in the hearts of our enemies.

Our fine American soldiers have every reason to be proud, knowing they are the world's very best, and certainly the most courageous.

We pray for you every day, we think of you every night. Believe me, you all are in our prayers.

Believe it, and know it. We are so very proud of each and every one of you. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Helen Brotherton of joanermc@yahoo.com

"My friend Aaron wears a bracelet with Kimberly's name on it. I wanted to see who he honors. To the family of Kimberly, my heart aches for you and my prayers are with you. I know the pain will never go away, just memories seem to ease it a bit."
Heather Walters, sister of Cpl Gary Walters 04-24-05 of Texas

"To the Family of Kimberly N. Hampton:
i am very sory for the loss of your loved one. i was doing research and came across a beautiful, vibrant woman. she was very brave for doing what she did. she will always be remembered. she died in honor of her country. god bless your family!"
noelle of brooklyn, NY

"To the Family of Kim Hampton,
I wanted to share a piece of my life with you all, and to let you know that your daughter will be forever etched in my mind and heart. I flew out to your daughter's memorial service just a couple of days after she died to bring friends and fellow officers to attend. That day turned out to be such a bitter sweet day. My brother, CW2 Aaron Weaver, was one of the soldiers attending the service, as he was in C/1-17CAV and a fellow aviator. He came to me afterwards(not an emotionally expressive man usually) with tears in his eyes and I with tears in mine. A veteran of Mogadishu, he told me he had seen too many brothers buried to TAPS. I watched one of Kim's best friends, a female CPT from one of my units, barely able to look at the stage, crying for her lost friend. It was a very emotional day for everyone, and your daughter was cared for by many people; though I did not ever personally meet her, it was evidently clear that she was a remarkable woman.
What made this day so sweet for me was that it was the last day I would ever see my brother as well. He was killed when the medivac Blackhawk he was riding in the back of was shot down just a couple of days later. I too had to listen to TAPS for his funeral just a few short days after upon returning home. My heart and soul go out to your family, as I have cried tears for both your loss and mine. Her sacrifice brought two brothers together for the last time, and I am forever thankful for her service and that special moment I would have never gotten to share had she not been so brave. I just wish you with all my heart that you had that same opportunity. As the New Year comes and you find yourself thinking about what means the most to you, know I am thinking about you. dreemweave@yahoo.com"
CW2 Ryan Weaver of Ft Rucker, AL

"CPT Hampton,

Saddam Hussein is dead!

You did it!"
Major Robert L. Campbel of Groves, Texas

"To the family of:Kimberly N. Hampton I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. She died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Dear Kimberly, My heart still hurts with the loss. I can still see you running around at PC, always smiling; always fitting more things in to one day then the rest of us thought humanly possible. Thank you for being a good influence on me, for being my friend in summer school when I was a freshman and homesick. We will always remember you and be grateful for all that you did for those of us at home. I miss your smiling face my friend, my heart goes out to your family."
Marjo Chappell of TN

"To the family, My name is SSG P. I was there that day and I just wanted to say that we did all we could. We did finaly capture the ones that did it before we left. I have 3 children and I remember that she had a picture of a small boy on her lap board. I made shore that it went with her. I was in the lead vehicle that responded to the crash. We were the one's that e-vaced her and her wounded co-pilot. I will never forget."
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Pervier of Lake Jackson, Texas

I have never met you, nor ever will, but wanted to convey my respect and admiration for such an individual as yourself. You earned the respect of your cohorts in every aspect of your life in a way many people could not even fathom. The world, as a collective soul, wept I'm sure when you fell, but I could not even begin "to beguile your loved ones from the grief of a loss so overwhelming". I wish I had met you.
Perhaps, as I raise my daughter, I will reflect periodically on the life you led and your empathic drive for life and somehow teach my daughter what you obviously knew so well...how to love, live, and most of all..have fun! I hope a little bit of her was once part of you. Maybe she is. She was born Jan 2, 2004."
Kimbell Fenske of Weare, NH

"I had the honor of serving with CPT Hampton "Dark Horse Six" during OIF. She was a true leader and ALWAYS cared for her soldiers. My condolences to her family and loved ones. She will be missed but never forgotten."
SSG Hancock

"To the family of Capt. Hampton. I was a member of the caisson unit that pulled Capt. Hampton's coffin. We make it a point not to forget the names of those we bury, but her's is one that is most memorable. I recall Major General Daley, who at that time was Deputy Corps Commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, coming to thank us immediately after the funeral. A member of his staff, a black Major, had tears streaming down his face, and I realized how much she must have meant to them for such hardened veterans to break down. As a keepsake, I persuaded the 82nd's buglar, who played taps at the funeral, to give me his Airborne tab and Parachutist patch. I also have a Challenge Coin given to us by General Daley. I would gladly give these to the family if they desire. If so, I am listed in the Simpsonville white pages."
Michael S. Cooper of Simpsonville, SC

"I never did know her that well but I did find out that I went to school with her. I also know how hard it is to lose someone you really love and so as Vertians daughter my heart goes out to the parents,family,anfriends."
Candy Kelley of Easley,S.C 29642

"I knew Cpt. Hampton when I was a soldier in Korea, She was my X.O. in 4/7 CAV. I had privilege to work with Cpt. Hampton. My deepest sympathy to her family. God Bless
Metropolitan Police Officer, Le Hung"
Le, Hung of washington DC

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Kimberly Nicole Hampton, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country as part of Project LIVE ON.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils, one for each U.S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan, will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, please contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 19, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Kimberly along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"I know nothing of military life,and never knew Miss Hampton,I was living not far from Fort Bragg at the time and remember her mother being interviewed by a local TV station as she was collecting her daughters personal effects from her quarters,I recall that she said she was very proud of her daughter,but that she had a broken heart,it was one of the saddest things that I have ever heard.May she rest in peace."
Grant of Christchurch, New Zealand

"Sou brasileiro, e infelizmente meu país não participa das honradas forças da coalizão pela Libertação do Povo Iraquiano ! Admiro muito a coragem e a fibra do povo norte-americano ! E...sinto muito pela morte dos seus heróicos filhos !
Long Live American Soldier
Luiz Mollon of São Paulo - Brazil

"Hey Kimberly. It's your cousin Anna Kate. I miss you soooo much. I have many things I would want to tell you. One main thing is this summer I wrote an essay about you and I won so I got to lay the wreath at a memorial for unknown soldiers in Washington D.C. I was there the same time Ann and Dale were. You are always with me. This Friday is veterans day and I am wearing all red, white, and blue for you. I will tell you everything else in my prayers. OK. Love you BUNCHES!!! Miss you BUNCHES too!!"
Anna Kate Eskew of Fayetteville, CA/USA

""Maam I'll never know if the Kiowa that saved me and my battle buddy in As Samawah was yours. Flying up the middle of the river and placing itself between us and the machine gun that had us pinned. But Im sure you flew a few missions where you were watching over us like the big momma angels those Kiowas were for us infantry guys. I know now that you truly are an angel, not for saving us but putting yourself in harms way so that a few guys on the ground would live to continue the fight. Thank you for what you did in Iraq I will personally never forget the sacrifices all of you and your pilots would have made for us. I will never forget the sacrifices that all of you have fallen have made for us. I will always lead by the example that so many of you have strived to show us younger soldiers. God Speed CPT Hampton. And watch over all of our Airborne Brothers up there with you.
All The Way, Airborne! Let's G0!

SGT Jeffery L LeClair

"I knew Cpt Hampton when she was Lt. Hampton in Korea with 4-7 Cav. My deepest apologies"
David L Clarke of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl

"Godspeed CPT Hampton.We will never forget."

"I did not have the honor of knowing CPT Hampton, but I saw what she did day in and day out in as samawah, ar rumaitha, diwaniyah, karbala, and baghdad.
KW pilots in the 82nd looked out for the ground pounders every day. Placing themselves in harms way just as much (if not more in some cases ) than the guys on the ground, and I know for a fact that I am not alone when I say it made us all glad to know someone was up there keeping an eye out. She was one of the many Angels on our shoulders. Well, CPT Hampton, I hope you will keep an eye out up there until I arrive to meet you."
CPT RICK BARBATO, 3rd BN, 325th AIR of Wayne, Pennsylvania

"TO all the Hampton family.As parents of four sons, let us as Americans never forget the price your daughter paid in the fight for Freedom. Our prayer is that you will be comforted by Gods loving hands of grace & mercy that pours out fresh every morning. THANK YOU for all she did & God Bless each of you. Psalms 37:4"
Eric & Donna of Easley, SC

"Dear Kimberly, We never met until that fateful day. My name is SPC James Bobal of Delta Company 1st Battalion 505th PIR. I saw it all happen and drove my truck as fast as I could to get to you but I wasn't fast enough. I will never forget your name and legacy for as long as I live. God bless."
James Bobal of Houston Texas

"en soutien et en amitié pour la famille du Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton"
alain of France (Paris)

"To the parents of Kimberly. I had the privilege to work with Kimberly in Korea. I met her the first night in country. She was so sweet. We began talking and I found out that she was SC and that she was from the same church that my grandparents and aunt and uncle attend at Rock Springs. We become very close over the next year. I had married a Korean lady on my tour. I lived off post at a nearby city. On several occasions, Kimberly would come to our home for a Korean Dinner. Later in her year in Korea, she came to Youngsan, Korea to visit my wife and I in the hospital on the birth of our first child. My wife and I will never forget Kimberly. I will never forget the smile that warmed my heart everytime we saw it. We know that we will see Kimberly again in Heaven and I know that she is in a "Better Place"!"
David Gambrell of Clarksville, TN

"A year has now gone by and we wanted to let the Hamptons know that they and their daughter are in our prayers during this time. She will never be forgotten. God bless."
The Williams Family of SC

"I was her NJROTC instructor at Easley HS a long time ago. Kim excelled in everything she set her mind to. She made a difference in this world in so many ways"
MCPO(SS) Lattis, USN Ret of Indiana

"I am extremely proud to wear Kimberly's name on my fallen hero bracelet. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to her family, fiance, and friends. My brother-in-law is an Apache pilot who has served in Iraq and is currently the CG of Ft. Rucker. My father fought in Viet Nam and retired after serving our great country for 28 years so I'm honored to have been raised a military brat. My daughter plays competitive tennis as Kimberly did. Kimberly is truly a hero and inspiration to us all. God Bless the USA and all the men and women who have served/are serving in our Armed Forces."
Polly Lukaszewicz of Atlanta Georgia

"This is PFC Velasquez, I served under her in Korea with the 4-7th air cav. I head the news from a friend and couldn't believe it. When I was going through a very rough time there, she was like a big sister, understanding, and insightful. I have a picture of her in our year book of 00-01. She will be missed, the world is a lesser place without her."
Mateo Velasquez of Scottsdale,az,

"I did not have the honor of meeting Ms. Hampton myself, but I honor her heroic actions in serving her country. I am sad that many glorious and wonderful americans die every day serving thier country and its people. I have family that was sent to Iraq for the war and have experienced the constant worry of whether he will come back, luckiy for me and my family he did, but for those of you whose loved ones arent that fortunate, I give my condolences and pray for your family or freinds out there. God Bless them and you."
Delores Ehrman of Texas

"I was in the same class of Kimberly IN FORTH RUCKER ALABAMA US ARMY AVIATION ,CLASS 99-02. God bless your soul Kymberly!!! You will remain in my heart forever ...we all italians shared with you the great experience of flight course will never forget you. Your smile and your deep eyes are the memories I will take with me forever
Claudio of Tallil,AB IRAQ


"I had the honor of serving with Kim in Korea, she is a professional that had the respects of her peers, I was deeply affected when I heard of her loss. I mourn for her and will continue to honor her memory. May God Bless you and your family"
Capt. Steven Kobayashi of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"May Capt. Kimberly Hampton's soul be
bound in the bond of life."
Teddy Jessa of Baltimore,Md

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." Quote from Erma Bombeck"
Robert L. Campbell, Jr., Major, USAR of Groves, Texas

"Capt. Hampton You are truely a hero in my eyes. I will make our name proud as you already have done."
PVT Kimberly Hampton of Leavenworth Kansas USA

"Capt. Kimberly Hampton thank you for all that you did to ensure America, and the world is a safer place."
Lindsay of SAFB, IL.

"God bless you captain and make your smile shine through eternity."
Max of San Francisco

"Rest in peace paratrooper. I will not forget you."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"To: Captain Kimberley Hampton's family.
This evening I happened to be watching the CBS evening news;on the segment Salute to Fallen Heroes,there was a tribute paid to Captain Hampton.This was the first time I had heard of her death.My deepest sympathies to her family and to her military family.This young woman's death particularly struck me with such sadness."
James Tickel of Brockville, Ontario Canada

"Dear Family of Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton,

I am so sorry for your loss, I just wanted to thank your daughter for everything she did for her duty and her fellow human beings. People like that light up our world, and because of the good they do, they are never truly gone."
Henry Minsky of Boston, MA USA

"Dear Family of Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton,
I am currently doing a project for my school on fallen soldiers. And I choose your daughter, if any one could send me any information about her. And I am sorry for your terrible lost, but we ALL thank her and everyone that has died for our country. You can e-mail with information at XxKornChild04xX@aol.com. Thanks!!"
Amber R. of Huntersville, NC/US

"To Captain Hampton's Family
I am so sorry for your great loss. I too have felt this loss, when I lost my middle son, Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger Jr. on June 6, 2003. He was a seabee in the Navy. Bu3 Bollinger with the 133rd CNB, I think this is correct. He will always be missed but never too far away from our hearts. He will always be remembered. Thank you for the precious gift you and your family have too given to us the people of the Free United States."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"Captain Hampton, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the parents of Kimberly. Your daughter was a great person in so many ways. She was very dedicated to her work, a true professional. Her presence will be missed. And to Kimberly, thank you for what you left with all of us."
Fellow Paratrooper 82nd AVN BDE of FT. Bragg, N.C.

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Kimberly N. Hampton

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today Kimberly you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Captain..."
Dennis B. Dray MAJ (R) ARNG of Tucson, AZ

"I pray a special bessing to cover you and your family. My 22 year old daughter, SPC HIGGINBOTHAM is in Fallujah today. You have given the highest honor for our country."
Jan Higginbotham of Hugo Ok,

"Mr. and Mrs. Hampton and CPT Braman (Will),
I did not have the privilege of knowing Kim, but I know and have served with those like her. Thank you for her service and sacrifice. Will - it's been several years...Fort Hood...Norwich. But you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Rich Sarmiento of Manassas, Virginia

"To Kimberly Hampton's parents,
Twenty-seven years ago, we lived in Easley. We had a house in Whispering Pines, and had lost a son, Kern, at the age of 14 days to aftereffects of my exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. On March 17th, 1977 our Emily arrived, and later we had another daughter. Our Emily was born in Greenville, but came home to Easley and was about 3 when my work situation caused us to move away to Maryland, and then later to New Jersey.

Last Sunday, on the anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, we took part in a reading of the names of all who have been lost, and your daughter's name jumped out at me. Is it possible your Kimberly and our Emily were children together so long ago, at some gathering or event? Your loss hits home so much more due to these circumstances, and we want to send our most severe condolences. Our Emily has completed college and is Psycological Counselor in a school in PA, near Allentown. There will always be a little bit of South Carolina in her. We wish you comfort and hope that one day war will become obsolete. Peace! John & Carolynn Ketwig"
John & Carolynn Ketwig of Washington, NJ

"I've known Kimberley since we were probably 12 or 13. We were doubles partners, rivals on the South Carolina tennis circuit. We taught camps together and often had late nights at Furman just talking about whatever insanity was going on. My heart goes out to her mom and dad, as does my ow mom's, and I know that she's smiling down on all of us, and probably laughing."
Mandi Copeland of Spartanburg, SC



"May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Your daughter is a hero and she will be forever with us in our memories."
CPT Sean and Debra Duncan of Ft Bragg, NC and Vicenza, Italy

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Kimberly, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"To Mr. and Mrs. Hampton, family, and CPT Will Braman: I had the pleasure to work for CPT Kim Hampton while we were stationed in Korea. We flew on several missions together and from then on, I knew she was a gifted pilot and a dedicated solider. I'll never forget her smile, her selfless service and commitment to her country and family. Above all, she was a wonderful woman and a true leader that I could look up to which is a hard thing to do when you're an older female warrant officer. For that I'll always carry her memory in my heart. May God bless you, your family, and all who knew Kim."
Sue (Iskra) Mulhall of Lampasas, TX

"For Kimberly
I saw your face on the news. I could not believe it was you. Oh, what a loss for your family. Oh, what a loss for the United States. I went to your visitation at Robinson. I arrived at 1800 hrs. I spoke to your parents and your boyfriend at 2015 hrs. That is how many people were there to pay their respects. Because of a prior family commitment I could not attend your funeral, but the streets of Easley were jammed with traffic near the church. I heard that over 1000 people attended.

My God, Hampton, I can still see you in class at Scottish Highlander bunker at PC. I can see you coming out of the tree-line--you on point for the good guys, me on OP-4. I see you lap me on a PT test. I see you turning around on a PT run, coming back to tell me that if I would quit smoking, I could keep up with you. You say it with a smile-you mean no offense. I don't think you had it in you to offend anyone. You were always leading, mentoring, teaching, helping, influencing...of course I am speaking of ROTC days, because I have not seen or spoken to you since then, but somehow, I KNOW that you were still doing all of those things up until your very last breath-and now I am here to tell you that even from Eternity, you are still doing all of those things.

My heart has been heavy for weeks now. I can't get you off my mind. You did everything you ever set out to do. You finished everything you started. I have squandered so much time these past few years-never finishing school, throwing away the ROTC scholarship, ditching the Army Reserve-and then I see your face splashed across the paper and the TV-and my God, this is sick, but I envy you! You are a hero. You sacrificed yourself to protect the guys on the ground and to defend our freedom.

I just wanted you to know that because of you, I am going back to school. Your death is a catalyst for my life to get out of a rut. I won't squander another minute of my life and I want you to know that as success replaces failure, a part of your spirit will live in me. I don't want to come to the end of my life and regret the things I never finished, the things I always wanted to get around to someday but never made the time. I know you didn't-have regrets, I mean. You were living your dream, and because of your death, because of your LIFE, I will now begin to live mine."
Terra (Long) Ciurro of Fort Drum, NY

"Dear Kimberly,

Thank you for giving everything to us.
I shall honor you forever."
Jack Sibrizzi of Alpharetta GA

"My Daughter Kim has also fallen to this war in iraq. I wanted to offer my deepest condolunces and Offer an email address for you to contact me if you would like someone to talk to. I know the feelings of sadness and emptyness you are feeling through this tragity. My daughter died on Dec. 14th in the EOD 703d in Iraq. So please if you need someone to talk to I would like to hear from you, maybe it would be for the both of us to find some kind of middle to the emptyness.

Carol Fahnestock of Carlisle, Pa

"I attended Presbyterian College with Kim. I have very vivid memories of her running up the stairs in our dorm, coming to visit random friends, spread a little cheer. Kim always had a smile to share. No matter how stressed she may have been, she was always pleasant. While it is terrible that we have lost such a great person, she is very fortunate in the fact that she died doing what she loved. We are the ones who are unfortunate to have lost her. At the same time, however, how lucky are we to have such brave men and women out there fighting so that we may sleep in peace at night! To Kim, Thank you for risking and ultimately giving your life for me and for the rest of the citizens of the United States. To her family: Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter. She's truly been an inspiration to many and will continue to be, even in death."
Elizabeth Copeman of Decatur, AL

"I knew Kimberly because my daughter played tennis with her. This note is to her mom, Ann.
Dear Ann,
My heart goes out to you in such a deep way. It seems only yesterday that "our little girls" were competitors on the junior tennis circuit. Tiffany, my daughter, now lives in Washington, D.C., and was the one who realized this news was someone we knew. We just put it all together so were a little late in receiving this tragic news. Having a special, only child as I do, I can only begin to feel the emptiness and lonliness you have to feel. May God's love sustain your faith in the days to come.

Sandra Knight of SUrfside Beach, SC

"Capt. Hampton:
Thank you for giving yourself so that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Hamill Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"The Army Officer Corps lost a true leader and professional. I remember standing in formation in flight school with Kimberly at Fort Rucker, AL as 2LTs. From the moment I met her, I knew she embodied everything a soldier could ever hope to be. Thank you, Kimberly, for your friendship. I will always remember you and your great sacrifice. You are a bright star, and your light shines in all of us who ever knew you."
CPT Charlotte L. Hildebrand of Fort Irwin, CA

"May God bless you and may the windows of heaven pour unto you an abundance of blessings."
Marlena of Killeen, TX

"You are now flying with the Angels. Rest Easy Soldier...God Bless you and your family and loved ones left behind. Your name will live forever in everyone's hearts."
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"Thank you Kim for your courageous and valiant duties in the Iraqi war. Your bravery goes beyond words for your most supreme sacrifice given to this great country of ours! Your efforts and faithful constribution will never be forgotten. You will always be charished in our hearts. I trust that you're in a better place now and hopefully someday you will be able to meet all of your friends and family once again. Your spirit is alive and strong and therefore fellow soldier, you will be miss but never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain. Thanks for a Job well done in the defend of Freedom that we enjoy and cherish today..."
John Johnson (1sgt. U.S. Army, Ret) of Davenport, Iowa

"Thank you Kim for your courageous and valiant duties in the Iraqi war. Your bravery goes beyond words for your most supreme sacrifice given to this great country of ours! Your efforts and faithful constribution will never be forgotten. You will always be charished in our hearts. I trust that you're in a better place now and hopefully someday you will be able to meet all of your friends and family once again. Your spirit is alive and strong and therefore fellow soldier, you will be miss but never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain. Thanks for a Job well done in the defend of Freedom that we enjoy and cherish today..."
John Johnson (1sgt. U.S. Army, Ret) of Davenport, Iowa

"CPT Hampton is a true hero. As a retired Army Civilian, I am expressing my sorrow at the loss of a real hero.
The courage of Army aviators is exemplified by her service.
God bless her family and her
fellow soldiers."
Isabel Tirath of Reston, Virginia

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03."
Jose M. Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"Our youngest daughter, 5 years younger than Kimberly, took private lessons from Kimberly's tennis coach, Donna Arnold, at Presbyterian College. For whatever reason, she and our daughter used to "hit" together and became friends. We last saw Kimberly (and her parents) on Mother's Day (2003) in Myrtle Beach standing on a corner as we rode by. They apparently emailed about this "sighting" after the fact. Our daughter is currently living in Australia and we had to make the call to her with the news of Kimberly's death. She has gone on line and read all the reports and news stories and in our last conversation confirmed that everything that has been said about Kimberly was true. She was a very special young lady. She was generous of spirit. We can't stop crying."
Ann Cox of Laurens, SC USA

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. SHE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"I went to Presbyterian College with Kimberly. She graduated two years before me. She played tennis and I played baseball. I didn't know her that well but we always ran into each since we both played sports. I never saw her without a giant smile on her face. She was loved by everyone in our college community and was such a smart & talented person. I know she will be missed by everyone in the Presbyterian College family. Thank you Kimberly for all you've done to protect our country. We forever owe you."
Brad Teal of Atlanta, GA

"Forgive me for taking up more space, but I had to write again. It is Thursday, 08 January. My son, Sean, is the one that is crew chief for the l/17 CAV. When I wrote a few days ago, I did not realize that Cpt. Hampton was indeed in the 1/17, Delta troop. My son is Bravo troop and knew Kimberly. I spoke to him last night, and they had all worked late to get their Kiowas ready for Saturdays service for Kimberly. They will be doing a fly-over to honor their fallen comrade. Sean attends with a heavy heart, and I asked him to bring our hearts with him too as we will be there in thought and prayer. This is a very difficult time for the 82nd Aviation Brigade and their families. God bless you and keep you."
Mike and Linda Connelly of Oregon, IL

"I teach second grade at McKissick Elementary in Easley, SC. At the start of this school year, our school proudly adopted Capt. Kimberly Hampton along with seven other soldiers serving in Iraq. We are proud and honored to have been blessed with the opportunity to have shared a part in the life of a true American Hero. Even with being so many miles away, Capt. Hampton, made a difference in the lives of many children. We will pay tribute to her memory by working together to keep America the great nation it is. We send our prayers, love, and appreciation to her family. Be it known that while we honor Capt. Hampton on earth, she is being honored in heaven as the Lord embraces her with His words, "Welcome home, job well-done, good and faithful servant.""
Wendy McClellan of Easley, South Carolina, USA

"My condolence's to Capt. Hampton's family and friends..As the proud grandfather of fellow 82 nd airborne lost in iraq : ref Pfc longstreth, and your neighbor (pendleton sc). Kimberly made this old retired military man proud of her when I read in the papers of her many accomplishments.. Be very proud of her. She is a real hero to me. Contact me if I can be of any help.. pop's"
William E mick of Pendleton, sc, USA

"Our son has been at Ft. Bragg for the past 3 1/2 years. He is a crew chief on a Kiowa. His entire unit (1/17 CAV) is currently in Iraq. However, Sean's troop was chosen to stay behind for homeland protection. He had very mixed emotions about this. When we heard the news on Friday that a Kiowa had gone down, we knew there was a good chance that it would be from the 82nd. We mourn your loss of Kimberly. This is not an ARMY of one - we are thousands strong. All the husbands, wives, parents, children, brothers and sisters of ARMY personnel stand together behind our soldiers. God bless Kimberly for her ultimate sacrafice, and may God hold you in your time of sorrow. Your loss is our loss."
Mike & Linda Connelly of Oregon, IL

"Thank you. It's not enough but it's all that I can think to say."
Christy Reed of The Woodlands, TX

"Thank you Kimberly Hampton, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. Kimberly Hampton:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Kimberly for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. Kimberly Hampton:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Kimberly, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on