May 24, 2005
Virginia Guard confirms fatality
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BLACKSTONE, Va. - The Virginia National Guard confirmed that Pvt. First Class Kyle M. Hemauer died on May 23, 2005 as the result of non-combat related injuries. Hemauer, who was 21 years old, was serving with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry in Baylough, Afghanistan at the time of his death.
Maj. Gen. Claude A. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, said, "All of us are saddened by this loss. Pvt. First Class Hemauer answered his country's call to arms in the highest tradition of the citizen soldier. We will insure that what he did for his country is not forgotten."
Williams went on to say, "Pvt. First Class Hemauer's family and loved ones will be the first priority for the Virginia National Guard. The Virginia National Guard will focus all resources available to ease the burden carried by them." He went on to ask that "... the people of Virginia keep Pvt. First Class Hemauer, his family, and his loved ones in their thoughts and prayers."
Williams said the unit's family support organization along with the Family Assistance Center at Fort Pickett will work with the family through this difficult period.
Approximately 570 Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry entered active federal service on March 1, 2004 and deployed to their mobilization station, Ft. Bragg, N. C. and completed preparation for overseas deployment. The unit is currently serving in Afghanistan. Unit home towns are :
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, Winchester, Va.
- Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, Manassas, Va.
- Company B, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, Woodstock and Warrenton, Va.
- Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, Leesburg, Va.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000 or the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office at (434) 298-6107.