Pfc. Nathanial DeTample, U.S. Army National Guard, died on Aug. 9, 2005, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Bayji, Iraq, where a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small arms fire. Before he became a soldier, DeTample was an Eagle Scout, a wrestler, and a Criminal Justice student a Shippensburg University. He was 19 when he died, and was survived by his parents, Glenn and Kim. The attack occurred while the soldiers were investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident. The soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Philadelphia, Pa.
“He believed in our country,” his mother, Kim DeTample, said. “He was one of the little kids who’d always stand for the pledge of allegiance.”
Kim DeTample and the Travis Manion Foundation have honored Pfc. Nathaniel DeTample’s legacy with a Challenge Grant. Inspired by his generous spirit, Kim will follow in her son’s footsteps and travel on a humanitarian mission.
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