Family Mourns Death Of Central Ky Soldier

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky National Guardsman from Lexington was killed and three others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded while they were escorting a convoy in Iraq, the military said Monday.

Staff Sgt. Delmar White, 37, of Lexington died Sunday during the mission in Baghdad, said Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky.

"The death of Staff Sgt. White is a terrible loss for the entire Kentucky National Guard family," Storm said in a statement. "Words cannot describe the grief that we all feel at this time."

The names of the three injured soldiers were not released, but a statement said two had been taken to a hospital in Germany and one had returned to duty. All three injured soldiers had been in touch with family members, Kentucky National Guard spokesman Phil Miller said.

White, who had previously served in the Marines, was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Miller said.

It was the second death of a Kentucky National Guardsman in a one-week period. Staff Sgt. Nicholas R. Carnes, 25, of Ludlow in northern Kentucky died Aug. 26 in Afghanistan of wounds from small-arms fire. Carnes was assigned to was assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carrollton.

White, who deployed less than a month ago, was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle.

"I pain for any soldier who dies in combat," said battalion commander Lt. Col. Mike Gilkey. "Having two of them in your command in one week, it hits hard."

Funeral services for Carnes were to be held Tuesday in northern Kentucky.

White had been a corrections officer with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, but left in 2005 to help recruit for the National Guard.

"He loved the Guard," Gilkey said "That's how much he believed in what we do."

White's family did not wish to be contacted by media, Miller said.

White is survived by his wife, Michelle White and their two children; his stepmother, Hazel White; and a brother, Robbie Christopher.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in White's honor until the day of his funeral. The flags currently are at half-staff to honor Carnes.

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