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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Debbie (Slusher) Brock Location: Pineville, KY on Sep 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    Dale is a hero, and I thank him for the price he paid for our freedom. To his wife and children our love and prayers go to you. Dale was not only an execellent man, but he was my dad's namesake.(Delmar Slusher). Our family loves him so very much, and mourns his passing. He may have been my cousin, but with him growing up around me he is more of a nephew. And what a marvelous man and life he lived. All of your family is so very honored to have been part of your life. We sleep at night knowing men & women like Dale are on watch for our freedom and safety. This is a comforting thought, but the knowledge of his relationship with Jesus Christ and knowing he is in heaven relieves some of the pain. Dale joins a host of family that have greeted him, and are in the presence of our God. I love you Dale and you will always be in my heart. Debbie
  • by Daniel Location: Winchester on Sep 9, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    Your one-time SSG Team Leader thanks you for your service and sacrifice. I don't necessarily miss the military, but I will miss you. Your Navy and Army buddy, Dan. Bart??? Grow up. You are loved, but your stance is not respected.
  • by Dale's Family Location: Harlan County KY on Sep 6, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    BART,I honestly do not believe that you really want to come to dales home town and picket,this place is a very proud county and everyone here loves dale and you will not be welcomed!! but just remember that no matter what you do or what you say, you are still loved!!!
  • by Renea Location: Williamsburg on Sep 6, 2007 at 04:59 AM
    God bless you and your family and thank you for serving to protect our America. I just wonder when OUR families will stop dying for other countries? Send them home!
  • by Jennifer Location: Lex.Ky on Sep 5, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    To the family of SSG White. My thoughts and prayers are with you!Know that I am grateful for the sacrifice this solider has made. Just know God didnt make a mistake but took your loved one home to have him as a Solider in His Army. It is an Honor knowing that we still have men in the army as this Solider. I salute you SSG Delmar White. Thank you for the unselfish act to help Keep God in this country on which it was founded.Thank you for the freedom that I have today. Mrs. White I know sorry is not enough or every will be. However I pray for you daily and tell your children one day I thank them for the sacrifice that you and them gave to help keep my children free. May God give you all strength may he lead guide and direct you in your hour of need. I am Proud To Be an American SSG white Thank you!!! Like the song says Some Gave all!!! Thank you God for this family I just pray that you be with them now Lord!!! GOD BLESS YOU MRS. WHITE and children I am Honored and proud of SSG White
  • by Chelsea White Location: Rogersville, Tennessee on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    BART! I dont understand how a person can go to a funeral where people are in mourning and want to picket what it was the person who passed away was doing. Dale was my uncle and I am very proud of him and everything he did and believed. If you do happen picket at his funeral, I just want you to remember while you are doing it, that he was fighting for your freedom to do so.
  • by Friend of the Family Location: Lexington on Sep 5, 2007 at 05:58 PM
    Bart and who ever feels the same as he does. Regardless of your personal feeling have some respect for the family that is grieving for the loss of thier Husband, Father...loved one. How would you feel if you read something like this if you had lost someone you loved? You are a very sad person. Dale was a hero to all and he gave all he had to give. I bet you can't say the same. I know I can lay my head down at night knowing that I am free and protected because of those like Dale who are willing to do what it takes no matter what the price or sacrifice.
  • by JAY Location: CENTRAL KENTUCKY on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    Bart and the Westboro Baptist Church remind me of another group that twists religion using fundamentalist half-truths and misconceptions to advance their own selfish agenda. Do you know who that is Bart? You're no better than them. Enjoy your freedom Bart, you can thank us later.
  • by ME Location: KY on Sep 5, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    BART i dont understand people like you our freedom and the rights we have was won by men like this giving there lives so go move if yiu dont like it
  • by Ellen Location: London on Sep 5, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    To the family and love ones of Staff Sgt Delmar White: My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I thank him for serving for us to help protect us.
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