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Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton View/Sign Guest Book
Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton

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Age:   27
Hometown: Easley, SC
Date of Death: 1/2/2004
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Capt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division
Unit's Base: Fort Bragg, N.C.

Back in third grade, Kimberly Hampton wrote a paper that described how she had always wanted to fly. "We gave that to her as part of her graduation gift from Army flight school, and I think it pretty much blew her away that she had written such things as that as far back as the third grade," said her father, Dale Hampton. Capt. Hampton, 27, of Easley, S.C., was killed Jan. 2 when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down near Fallujah, Iraq. Hampton, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., was the first female pilot killed in Iraq. An honors graduate from Presbyterian College, she was the battalion commander of the ROTC unit there. Her leadership was clear even before then. In high school, she was president of the student body and captain of the tennis team. Hampton was in her second term of military service, having earlier served in Korea and Afghanistan. She had planned to marry Army Capt. Will Braman when they both returned from Iraq. "She was doing what she enjoyed doing. She was trained well, and she felt it an honor to serve her country," said her mother, Ann.
Source: Associated Press
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