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Spc. Duke Gilmore


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Spc. Duke Gilmore Obituary
Spc. Duke Gilmore

Bastrop - Funeral Services for Spc. Duke Gilmore, 34, of the Mississippi National Guard, 1-98th CAV will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop, Louisiana with Elder Reed Thomson of Spanish Fort, Utah, officiating. Honor Detail lead is SFC Mathew Neunfeldt. Eulogy will be delivered by Major Jordan Thomson of Fort Hood, Texas.

Duke was an integral part of Delta Troop, the Dixie Thunder Brigade. He was born on a veteran's day, November 11, 1983 in Monroe, Louisiana. He died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Fort Bliss, Texas, during military training maneuvers. His deployment date to the Middle East was set for June 1st. As a soldier in the National Guard, Duke will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery of Bastrop with full military honors on behalf of a grateful nation.

Duke is the son of Mike and Bonnie Gilmore of Bastrop. His brother is Michael Gilmore, Jr. His sister is Storm Marie Vance and her husband Dannen. Duke is preceded in death by his sister, Amanda Roberts. He is also survived by brother-in-Law, Tony Roberts and nephews and nieces Lily Dickinson, Wes Dickinson, Park Jordan, and Stephen Collins; aunt, Cheryl Huey and husband Keith, aunt, Susan Guidry and husband Mike, aunt BeckyThomson and husband Reed, uncle, William Sholar and wife Jamie, uncle, Robert Sholar and wife Gin, uncle, Benjamin Baker and wife Beverly, and uncle, Bruce Baker; first cousins are Krista Thomas, Kara Perodeau, Taylor Huey, Tyler Thomson, Zach Thomson, Jordan Thomson, Rhett Thomson, Susan Sholar, Bo Sholar, Pam Sholar, and Amy Sholar.

On Friday evening, May 18th, the immediate family will travel by escort to Jackson, Mississippi to await Friday night's transport from Fort Bliss, Texas. All will be met on the tarmac by The Commanding General of The Mississippi National Guard, Major General Janson Boyles. An Honor Guardsman will escort Spc. Gilmore home to Bastrop to Cox Funeral Home. The flag-draped casket will then be transferred to the Louisiana Honor Guard from Fort Polk which will be awaiting his arrival. The public is welcome to attend his arrival home as he is escorted by veterans with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Department and the Bastrop Fire Department.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19th, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop. At 6 pm, his mother will be honored by the Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana, NELA Chapter 6.

Duke was a child of God, a loving son, and he was a patriot. When he enlisted in the National Guard, he became a warrior. As he trained and stood proudly with his fellow soldiers, he knew these were truly his Brothers-in-Arms. Although normally soft-spoken, his tone was apt to change to an intensity when he spoke of commitment to his family and country and to these men, these friends, these brothers. Each, ready to give their lives for one another.

We would often praise him for being a part of the defense of this great nation. He and his dad would talk of the check that Duke had signed upon enlistment. "A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to and including their life."

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Published in The News Star from May 16 to May 18, 2018
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