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Reflections: In Memory of Captain Kimberly Hampton

Written by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Never forgotten…On this day or any day…. We will always remember a hometown hero.
On this day 17 years ago, Captain Kimberly Hampton, a 1994 graduate of Easley High School and a United States Army pilot, was killed when her OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter was shot down in Iraq.
I came to know Kimberly through her parents, Ann and Dale Hampton, in January of 2004, when, as a newspaper Editor, I interviewed them in their home and wrote an in-depth story about their daughter at her passing. (I later attended Kimberly's funeral service and wrote an in-depth story on the service, as well.)
Kimberly, age 27, was the first female pilot in United States history to be shot down and killed by hostile fire. Ann said that her daughter preferred to be considered a soldier and a pilot who happened to be female. "She felt that, given the opportunities, within reason, she could do anything anyone else could do." When she was in third grade, Kimberly had written for a school assignment that she wanted "to fly like a bird." Dale said, "Be free and independent were the qualities she was referring to, and that was what she ended up doing."
The memory of Captain Kimberly Hampton will forever live in the hearts of her fellow citizens. We continue to honor the memory of a daughter and a war hero, and we honor her family, as well.
We can never repay the great debt we owe to the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom, and we can never repay the great debt we owe to their families for their sacrifices.

January 2, 2021