Clinton in Laurens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
American Flag Pole
Captain Kimberly Nicole Hampton, PC '98
United States Army
First female combat pilot shot down and killed in United Stated military aviation history
Fallujah, Iraq, January 2, 2004
Erected by Dale and Ann Hampton, Easley, SC.
Location. 34° 27.933′ N, 81° 52.6′ W. Marker is in Clinton, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is on South Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the campus of Presbyterian College in the Presbyterian College Armed Forces Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton SC 29325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presbyterian College Armed Forces Memorial (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Lillian G. Brown (here, next to this marker); Jacobs Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Davison McDowell Douglas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Reverend William Plumer Jacobs (about 800 feet away); Malcolm A. MacDonald (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Plumer Jacobs, D.D., LL.D. Eugene Blakely Sloan (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Ferdinand Jacobs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
Also see . . .
1. Kimberly Hampton. Captain Kimberly Nicole Hampton (August 18, 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina – January 2, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq) was the first female military pilot to be shot down and killed in United States history. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Capt. Kimberly Nicole Hampton. Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton of Easley, South Carolina is a graduate of Easley High School where she was president of the student body and captain of the tennis team. (Submitted on December 12, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom: Army Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton. Hampton was the pilot on a OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, Armed Reconniasiance Helicopter when it was shot down by enemy ground fire. (Submitted on December 12, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Captain Kimberly Hampton Foundation. The mission is to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving (Submitted on December 12, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Bell OH-58 Kiowa. The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, and direct fire support. (Submitted on December 12, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. Friends Forever: Capt. Kimberly Hampton and Lt. Col. Rick Simmons. Lt. Colonel Rick Simmons first contacted Captain Kimberly Hampton by email on November 15, 2002 at 8:25 am. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
7. Pickens County Library System, Capt. Kimberly Hampton Memorial Branch. Captain Kimberly Hampton, a native of Easley, SC, was killed on January 2, 2004 when her OH-58 Kiowa Warrior observation helicopter was attacked near the Iraqi town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Parents, Fiance Lay to Rest First Woman from South Carolina to Die in Iraq
EASLEY, S.C. (AP)
She was an honors graduate from Presbyterian College who never lost a tennis match. She became the battalion commander of the ROTC unit there, a job that prepared her to command the Delta Troop in the 1st Squadron of the 17th Cavalry Regiment in Iraq.
She was in her second term of military service when the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter she was piloting was shot down Jan. 2.
On Saturday, about 1,200 people recalled Hamptonís life as she was laid to rest near her parentsí home with full military honors.
Hampton, who was based at Fort Bragg, N.C., was the first female pilot killed in Iraq. She was also the first woman from South Carolina to die there.
To her parents, Hampton, an only child, was “baby girl.” To Army Capt. Will Braman, she was his fianc�e, who he planned to marry when both returned from Baghdad. To her tennis teammates, she was “Kimbo.” To those serving with her in Iraq, her voice was “Dark Horse Six.”
Not everyone at the funeral knew Hampton. There were hundreds of veterans and members of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where the ceremony was held.
Some mourners worked with her father, Dale, at Fort Hill Gas and Electric. Hundreds more who had never met her lined the path of the funeral procession,
Everyone who knew her seemed to have a story about Hampton. She was president of the student body and captain of the tennis team at Easley High School. Robin Smith taught Hampton how to play shortstop on the softball team their senior year. She said she will always remember Hamptonís heart. “She was a friend to everyone,” Smith said.
Presbyterian College President John Griffith remembered Hampton as motivated and generous. “She was always striving for more,” he said.
“Our world is so much in need of heroes. Iím here to tell you today that at Presbyterian College, she is a hero,” Griffith told the those at the church. Dozens more watched the funeral on a television in the churchís overflow room.
Her Fort Bragg commander, Lt. Col. Terry Morgan, said she could be tough on her troops but was an inspiring leader who rewarded a job well done with “her warm smile and trademark wink.”
Hampton was stationed in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. She lived in Fayetteville, N.C., before she left for Iraq on Aug. 31.
She had also served in Korea and Afghanistan.
“She was doing what she enjoyed doing.
The Kiowa helicopter, which must be operated by two people, is designed for reconnaissance and observation missions and is often used to spot targets for Apache attack helicopters. The second pilot was injured in the crash near Fallujah, a Sunni Muslim town west of Baghdad under the charge of the 82nd.
Hampton wanted to be a pilot since she was young, her parents said. She grew up in Easley and wrote a paper for her third grade class that described how she had always wanted to fly, they said.
“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,” Dale Hampton said.
Friends of Hamptonís parents said the Easley City Council is planning a memorial in her name.
Hamptonís parents were given Hamptonís Bronze medal, an Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
“The greatest accolade Kimberly Hampton will be given will not be here but in Heaven,” said the Rev. David Gallamore, pastor of the church. “Thank God for the life of Kimberly Hampton.”
— Submitted December 12, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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