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Kimberly's Flight

Updated on September 23, 2016

Captain Kimberly Hampton

The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton

"Kimberly's Flight" by Anna Simon and Ann Hampton is the story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America's first woman combat pilot killed in action by the enemy. Kimberly's helicopter, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, was shot down on January 2, 2004 near Fallujah, Iraq.Anna Simon tells this story with Kimberly's mother, Ann Hampton. Kimberly was the only child of Ann and Dale Hampton of Easley, South Carolina. The Hamptons formed the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Foundation in memory of their daughter and the proceeds from this book will go to the foundation. "Kimberly's Flight" is published by Casemate Publishers.

My heart goes out to Kimberly's family and I think this book is a wonderful tribute to her life. They donate to Wounded Warriors through the sale of this book.I posted my review of "Kimberly's Flight" below but I want to let you know about the Book Signings as well as give you a chance to purchase .Kimberly's Flight from Amazon.com. If you are looking for inspirational books about women, then you have come to the right place.If this is your first visit to a Squidoo page (called a lens), please just continue to read and scroll and I hope you will let me know you were here by signing the guestbook.

Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoy reading about this very special book about a very special lady written by two very special people..Photo Credit: Photo of Captain Kimberly Hampton. Permission granted by Author Anna Simon.

Kimberly's Flight available on Amazon.com - Kimberly's Flight by Anna Simon and Ann Hampton

The book jacket states that Anna Simon tells about the life of Captain Kimberly Hampton through interviews, Kimberly's emails to her parents, and is entwined with Ann Hampton's narrative of loving and losing their only child. This book is a legacy to Ann's daughter. Ann and her husband, Dale, share this particular email on their Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Foundation Website:Kimberly's love for her job as a combat aviator was never more evident than in an email she wrote to her parents while deployed to Afghanistan in early 2003:

"You don't still worry about me do you? Nah! Can't imagine I give you much to worry about - I mean volunteering to go to an airborne unit and jump out of airplanes with only thin material to slow my descent to the earth, and then volunteering to go to a combat zone where there are rockets and gunfights and land mine strikes every day. Nope, not a thing in the world to worry about. And that's not to mention my chosen profession, which is to fly a single engine helicopter which is overweight, outdated and slow. No, nothing to worry about!"If there is anything I can say to ease your mind - if anything ever happens to me, you can be certain that I am doing the things I love. I'm living my dreams for sure-living life on the edge at times and pushing the envelope. But I'm doing things others only dream about from the safety and comfort of home. I wouldn't trade this life for anything - I truly love it! So worry if you must, but you can be sure that your only child is living a full, exciting life and is HAPPY!"Thank you for always supporting me. I love you.Kimberly"

Kimberly's Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle
Kimberly's Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle

Just talking with author Anna Simon about Captain Kimberly Hampton makes me wish that I had known her. She lived life to fullest doing what she wanted to do and she definitely made a difference during her short time on this earth. Her life is an inspiration. I have not read any other books about women pilots in the military but I was sure impressed with this one and learned a lot. This is one of the best inspirational books about women that I have read.

 

Ann Hampton Speaks to the Rotary Club of Pawley's Island, SC - Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at Litchfield Country Club

Ann is such a wonderful speaker and speaks right from the heart.

Service Dog Named for Kimberly Hampton

Kimberly Hampton continues to "Make A Difference"

Ann Hampton posted this on her Facebook page:

Many thanks to David Cantara and Carolina Patriot Rovers for all the work they do to assist our wounded warriors. "Not All Wounds Are Visible". I was honored to meet many of the veterans who have been undergoing treatment at the Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC...Freedom Is Not Free...and so many of our veterans are still paying the price. I am proud that beautiful Kimberly is bringing comfort to those who participate in the SIPU program, and I feel that our Kimberly is feeling mighty pleased!

Please see the complete article here: Service Dog Kimberly Commissioned - United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Ann Hampton signing Kimberlys Flight at Presbyterian College
Ann Hampton signing Kimberlys Flight at Presbyterian College

Schedule of Upcoming Book Signings, Articles, Interviews and Promotions for Kimberly's Flight

by Anna Simon and Ann Hampton

If you are looking for books about women pilots, I think you will enjoy reading Kimberly's Flight. The authors did an amazing amount of research on helicopters and the military.Kimberly's annual Birthday Blood Drive: Friday, August 16, 2013. Donations will be accepted at the Blood Connection offices in Greenville, Greenwood, Seneca, Easley and Spartanburg. Bloodmobiles will be at the following from 11:00 - 7:00: Hampton Memorial Library, Wal-Mart Easley, Bi-Lo Pickens, Wal-Mart Taylors, Wal-Mart Greer, Wal-Mart Woodruff Rd; from 2:00 - 7:00 Bi-Lo Clinton.Also on Thursday, August 15, 3:00 - 7:00 St. John's Lutheran Church, Walhalla.Please come give the gift of life to celebrate Kimberly's birthdayPosted by Ann Hampton on Facebook: "Many thanks to everyone who donated blood yesterday and today at Kimberly's memorial blood drive! Some may have tried and couldn't, others cannot donate at all. And even if you took a few seconds of your day to think of her, we hope you received a blessing! We appreciate all the wonderful support we have received for the last 9+ years. Please take a moment each day to say a prayer for all our military and first responders...Freedom Is Not Free!""Congratulations to Ann Lewis Hampton and Anna Simon who were both informed that the book that they wrote "Kimberly's Flight" is a finalist for the 2012 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. Winners will be announced in June." posted on Ann Hampton's facebook page.Note: Previous listing of Book Signings,Photos,etc. below the Guestbook.

Book Signings will be posted as they are scheduled.We appreciate all the support and enthusiasm of readers for "Kimberly's Flight" and look forward to seeing everyone at these events.Photo Credit: Ann Hampton at Presbyterian College signing a copy of Kimberly's Flight. Photo provided by Anna Simon and used with permission.

Book Signings, Interviews and other Promotions of Kimberly's Flight by Anna Simon and Ann Hampton

Anna Simon reading from 'Kimberly's Flight" at the Birchwood Book and Author Fair held at Table Rock State Park. - The Book and Author Fair was held August 12,

Anna Simon at Table Rock State Park
Anna Simon at Table Rock State Park

Photo Credit: This photo was taken by Jason Evans of the Easley Patch. Click picture to read his article. Photo used here with permission granted by Jason Evans.

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From the Foreword to the Book, Kimberly's Flight

The significance of Kimberly Hampton being the first female killed by enemy fire in United States history goes far beyond mere trivia. It testifies to Kimberly's pioneer spirit, and it begins to illuminate the strength of her character.Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV - Commandeer of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, May 2004 - June 2006.

The Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Foundation official site - benefits Military and their families

The Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Foundation was formed by Kimberly's parents to honor the life of their only child.According to the website, The mission is to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving Easley High School students, support the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, and benefit military families through the Fisher House Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, and support families who have lost loved ones in the Global War on Terrorism.

Meet The Authors of "Kimberly's Flight"

Anna Simon
Anna Simon

Meet Anna Simon

Co-Author of Kimberly's Flight

Anna Simon is best known in the Upstate for her 21 years as an award-winning reporter with The Greenville News in South Carolina from 1990 until her retirement April, 2012. Prior to joining The Greenville News, she worked at The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and as a freelance writer for other newspapers and periodicals.She received the South Carolina Press Association's first place award for Reporting in Depth in 2009, and is a past recipient of multiple awards including the press association's Judson Chapman Award for Community Service.Ms. Simon began her professional writing career copywriter at WTNT/WOMA radio while studying Mass Communications at Florida State University in the late 1960s. She has worked in radio, television and newspaper in Florida, Colorado and South Carolina.She is a Pendleton area resident, a member of Pendleton Presbyterian Church, and spends her free time reading, gardening and riding her Paint mare, Sunny.Kimberly's Flight is her first published book.

Note: Anna Simon visited this page on May 9, 2012 and wrote: Thank you so much, Nancy, for your interest and excitement about "Kimberly's Flight." I enjoyed spending time with you yesterday and love your enthusiastic spirit and I'm happy that we can be a small part of helping the park. It adds so much to our community.

Photo Credit: Photo of Anna Simon by Janet LeCroy - used with permission.

Ann Hampton
Ann Hampton

Meet Ann Hampton

Mother of Captain Kimberly Hampton and co-author of Kimberly's Flight

Ann was born, lived in, and educated in the Easley public school system. She attended Furman University while working full-time as an accountant. Ann retired in 2002. She is active in the South Carolina Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, and has traveled to Iraq twice for healing and humanitarian missions. She is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Walhalla, and Ann and her husband, Dale, presently live in Seneca, SC.Ann's primary focus since Kimberly's death is to support veterans, military families and wounded warriors via the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Foundation.Photo provided by Ann Hampton and used with her permission.

American Gold Star Mothers Video - by Elizabeth Shaw Photography

Comment from a Visitor to this page

The Gold Star Mothers can inspire us all to be thinking of ways to be helpful to service women and men. Every time I ride on the part of the highway named for Kimberly Hampton between Pendleton and Greenville, I am humbly moved to gratitude for her gifts to us all.A visitor to this page

Watch this Preview of "Silenced Voices, Quiet Voices in the Aftermath of War" - A very moving Documentary to be shown in Atlanta Sept. 20, 2012

The documentary, "Silenced Voices, Quiet Voices in the Aftermath of War" has been selected as an official selection of the Atlanta International Film Festival. Ann and Dale Hampton, parents of Capt. Kimberly Hampton, are among the Gold Star parents in this documentary.

Kimberly's Flight
Kimberly's Flight

A Review of Kimberly's Flight

by OhMe aka Nancy Tate Hellams

I had the pleasure of visiting with author Anna Simon prior to reading Kimberly's Flight and after meeting her and hearing about the book, I knew I wanted to read it to learn more about her co-author Ann Hampton and Ann's daughter, Captain Kimberly Hampton of Easley, SC. Since I live in Pendleton SC, I am only about 20 miles from Easley and remember reading about Kimberly's death in 2004 at the young age of 27 but I never met her or any of her family.After reading this book, I sure felt like I knew the Hamptons and felt so appreciative of the fact that this book was written and I had this chance to get to know this extraordinary young woman who had touched so many lives during her short time on this earth. The forward is written by Lt. General William B. Caldwell, IV and the reader immediately learns of some of Kimberly's accomplishments in the military as well as introduce the reader to her parents, Ann and Dale Hampton. The first chapter covers the events of January 2, 2004 which was the day that her helicopter, an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter, was shot down over Fallujah, Iraq. Throughout the book, more information is given about the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter and it is just so hard to imagine someone Kimberly's size piloting something that big but that is exactly what she wanted to be doing.Beginning with Chapter 2, Kimberly's mother takes the reader back to 1982 when Kimberly was 6 years old and she reflects on her birth and her younger years. As the book continues, the reader learns more and more about young Kimberly and begins to feel her mother's pride as Kimberly advances to adulthood. Kimberly was a smart, athletic, determined, young woman who had a strong faith, a loving family. many friends, a beautiful smile and a cat named Tiger. From emails and letters from her comrades and friends, we learn of her professionalism, her love for her country, and her desire to make a difference.It is quite evident that authors Anna Simon and Ann Hampton did a great amount of research and for that reason, this book is not only inspirational but also very educational. I feel that I had a much better understand of the military and of this war as well as an even greater admiration for our men and women who are fighting in it.Ann tells of her humanitarian visits to Iraq after Kimberly's death and this is a real eye opener for this reader. Ann and her husband Dale, have chosen to maintain their daughter's legacy by establishing the Captain Kimberly Hampton Foundation and have discovered healing in doing so. I was glad to learn about the work done by the American Gold Star Mothers.This is a great one to add to your list of Inspirational Books About Women

Comment from Gayle Wurst, Literary Agent for "Kimberly's Flight"

Thank you for this first-class and very thorough lens on Kimberly's Flight. It is a wonderful tribute to Kimberly and to all our veterans and their families, and I especially appreciate the many reviews and updates on signings. The video on Gold Star Mothers spoke volumes, even between the lines, and brought tears to my eyes. As the agent for Kimberly's Flight, I have always had a deep belief in the fundamental importance and beauty of the values she so clearly embodied, and it has been an honor to help bring her story to light. My attraction to Kimberly was first motivated by her groundbreaking contribution as a woman to the US military. But it was not until after publication, when I actually held the book in my hands and sat back and read it with fresh eyes, did I realize the full importance of Kimberly's achievement and sacrifice, the toll this latter has taken on her family, and how representative their loss is for thousands of other military families whose stories and suffering remain untold. Ann Hampton's story of love and loss, and the chronicle of her exceedingly painful and courageous journey from absence, silence and irreparable loss to a public role as an author and Gold Star Mother working to help the healing of others whose children have been sacrificed to war -- and this in the very country where her own child lost her life -- inspired me anew. It also solved a mystery: "Now," I said to myself, "I know where Kimberly got her moxy -- her patriotism, strength, determination, values, persistence and tremendous courage."Gayle Wurst, Princeton International Agency for the Arts

In Memory of Captain Kimberly Hampton - You Will Not Be Forgotten

Captain Kimberly Hampton
Captain Kimberly Hampton

Photo Credit: Posted on Facebook for Kimberly's mother on Kimberly's Birthday by Deidre Cosby Morgan. Permission granted for use on this page by Ann Hampton.American Legion Post 28 Presents Portrait of Kimberly Hampton - Nice article about the beautiful portrait that was presented to Kimberly's family.

This page is proudly dedicated to all our soldiers and their families.

Thank you to all who have and all who are fighting for our freedom and a special thank you to all the families of these brave men and women.

Book Signings, Interviews, Events for Kimberly's Flight

Ann and Anna have certainly been busy!

  • May 11 and 12 - Presbyterian College Ann Hampton and Anna Simon will be at Presbyterian College on May 11 and 12, and will have books available at book signings at the college's ROTC commissioning and commencement ceremonies. Captain Kimberly Hampton was a 1998 graduate of Presbyterian College where she was a tennis standout and ROTC battalion commander."t's been an amazing weekend with our first book signings well received at Presbyterian College, Kimberly's alma mater. Thanks to everyone on OhMe's site for all the kind words."
  • Anna SimonPaul Brown interviewed Author Anna Simon on WRIX (103.1) at 8 a.m. Saturday May 12 and 12:30 p.m on Sunday May 13, 2012.
  • The release of Kimberly's Flight was also featured on WYFF New Book Released On Soldier Kimberly Hampton.
  • May 20 - Pendleton Presbyterian Church in the fellowship hall at 3 pm. Photos below."We are looking forward to this coming Sunday, May 20, at Pendleton Presbyterian Church. Thank you so much, Presbyterian Women at my church for hosting this. You ladies are the best!!" Anna Simon
  • May 21, 2012 Time U.S. Battleland featured an article about Kimberly's Flight entitled Losing A Daughter In Combat
  • June 1, 2012Article: Greenville News Online - Kimberly's Flight is tale of Courage, Loss, and Inspiration
  • June 6, 2012 Article: The Easley Progress: New Book Tells The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton
  • June 7, 2012 Article: Greenville News Lifestyle Section Front Page Book about Easley's Fallen Pilot a Tale of Loss, Inspiration
  • June 7, 2012Article: Greenville Journal Kimberly's Flight Looks at Pilot's Life Not Death
  • June 10 - Book Signing: in Easley on Sunday, June 10 from 3 - 5 p.m.I asked Anna Simon how the book signing at the library went and she said "It was an amazing day. We signed books for three hours non-stop. Thanks to everyone who turned out and who stood in line waiting on such a busy afternoon. Thanks to all the friends who came to support us and thanks to the Easley library for their hospitality. J
  • June 10 - Article: Anderson Independent June 23 - Book Signing at Books-A-Million on Laurens Rd in Greenville from 2 to 4 pm with Anna Simon
  • June 30 - Book Signing at Heroes Salute Gala -The Nashville Connection Heroes Salute Gala at TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.
  • June - Warfare Magazine Book Review - Warfare Magazine Book Review of Kimberly's Flight
  • July 3 and 4 - Book Signing at Easley 4th of July Event - The City of Easley Presents:"Celebrate America". Anna and Ann will be selling and signing "Kimberly's Flight" at Old Market Square in Easley. Marine Gold Star Mom Colleen Parkin, who is visiting from Utah, will be selling her paracord bracelets and "Life Is Good In Pink Boots" items. Article in Metro Section Greenville News
  • July 5: Easley Festival Honors Those Who Fought For Freedom
  • July 14 - Book Signing at Books-A-Million - Anderson Mall from 1 to 3 pm with Anna Simon and Ann Hampton.
  • July 16 - Radio Interview with authors on"Your Day" South Carolina ETV Radio at noon, 90.1 on the dial in the Upstate area.Listen Online Your Day Live Audio Stream
  • July 20 - Interview Sandy Woodward interviewed Ann Lewis Hampton and Anna Simon about "Kimberly's Flight" on SC Public Radio. You can hear the podcast at Your Day Clemson University
  • July 21 - Greenville Books-A-Million on Laurens Road Book Signing from 2 to 4 pmJuly - Book Review of Kimberly's Flight by Heidi Williams in Town Magazine Go To Town Magazine, click magazine cover, choose index, go to page 38 to read "Marching Forward"
  • .August 12 - Book Signing: Birchwood Book and Author Fair in the Lodge at at the Table Rock State Park from 2 - 5 p.m. The annual event sponsored by the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife features area authors and includes readings on the porch of the lodge throughout the afternoon
  • .August 17, make plans to donate blood to the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Blood Drive! See flyer below for locations. RememberWomen Military Aviators Website - Book Review New Book Describes The Inspiring Life Of America's First Female Pilot Killed In Combat
  • Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Booksigning Pickens County Museum of Art & History:The public is invited to an informative and entertaining discussion and book signing with Anna Simon and Ann Hampton, authors of Kimberly's Flight at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History. The story of Easley native, Captain Kimberly Hampton, America's First Woman Combat Pilot killed in battle, the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 13 in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium of the Museum. Bring your own copy of the book to be signed or purchase one the day of the event for $29.95.To further complement this special book signing, an exhibit of photographs of Iraq by Cindy Hosea will be on display during the month of October in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium of the Pickens County Museum. In 2010, Mrs. Hosea stretched her photographic and writing boundaries when she accompanied Gold Star Mothers to Iraq. Her photographs of these visiting Americans and the Iraqis they met - as well as the physical environments around them - captured the essence and significance of this emotional journey for a special group of people. For a poignant account of this extraordinary trip, read Cindy's blog at My Journey To Iraq.This book signing and special exhibit of photographs are part of the museum's continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. For more information or to register for this class call the museum at (864) 898-5963.
  • After taking September off for travel (both Ann and I), we are back in gear.
  • October 12 we spoke to Easley High School AP English classes that read the book. Students submitted some very good questions and we enjoyed talking with them about the process of writing. I think there are some talented future writers in those classes taught by Kathy Grant.
  • Then on Saturday Oct 13 Ann, photojourmalist Cindy Hosea and I presented a program at the Pickens County Museum about Ann and Cindy's experiences in Iraq and signed books. Cindy's beautiful photography remains on exhibit at the museum through the end of October.
  • We kick off November with a trip to the beach, where we will be the guests at Litchfield Books' Nov. 2 Movable Feast. We speak at a luncheon at 11 a.m. and will be at an in-store booksigning at 2 p.m. Details are available on Litchfield Books' web site at Litchfieldbooks.com.
  • On Nov. 9 booksigning at Serendipity Cafe , a wonderful little restaurant at 104 E. Main St. in Easley.
  • On Nov. 15 we are greatly honored to be the speakers at Clemson University's Calhoun Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Self Auditorium of the Strom Thurmond Institute. The one-hour program is free and open to the public.
  • Also in November, Ann will be speaking to the Golden Girls at Keowee Key on Nov. 6 and the Easley Newcomers Club on Nov. 13.And on the evening of Nov. 30 we'll be signing books at Poor Richards Booksellers at 107 W. Main St. in Easley

Scenes from Book Signings

Anna and Ann Signing "Kimberly's Flight" at Table Rock State Park - Birchwood Book and Author Fair - August 12, 2012

Booksigning of "Kimberly's Flight"
Booksigning of "Kimberly's Flight"

Photo Credit: Photo taken by Aileen Johnson and used with her permission.

Book Signing at Presbyterian College for Kimberly's Flight
Book Signing at Presbyterian College for Kimberly's Flight

First Book Signing of Kimberly's Flight at Presbyterian College

Held May 11 and 12, 2012

The photo is of (from left) Anna Simon, Col. Rick Simmons, and Ann Hampton at Presbyterian College before our very first book signing at the Presbyterian College ROTC commissioning.Author Anna Simon says: "Col. Simmons is a former Pickens County Veterans Affairs officer and served with Kimberly in Afghanistan and they became good friends sharing memories of home in that faraway place. He was very instrumental in the writing of the book. He helped us greatly with his military knowledge, sharing his memories of serving with Kimberly and allowing us to use e-mails he had from Kimberly.Click here to read the article about Kimberly's Flight in Presbyterian College Newsroom - Life of PC Alumna Captured in New Book

Photo Credit: Photo by Hal Milam, Presbyterian College Public Information Officer - used here with Anna Simon's permission.

Author Anna Simon says "Thank You, Town of Pendleton" - Photo by Janet LeCroy

Kimberlys Flight book signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church
Kimberlys Flight book signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church

Scenes from the Kimberly's Flight Book Signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church - Photos by Photographer Jenny Munro

Book Signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church for Kimberlys Flight
Book Signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church for Kimberlys Flight

"Thank you to everyone who came out the the booksigning at Pendleton Presbyterian Church yesterday, and special thanks to the ladies of the church who made it all possible. It was an amazing day for Ann and I and we are honored and humbled by the overwhelming response." Anna SimonPhotographer Jenny Monro shared these great photos from the book signing: Jenny Monro - Writing and Photography

Kimberly Hampton Memorial Blood Drive - Friday August 17, 2012 The Blood Connection

Kimberly Hampton Memorial Blood Drive
Kimberly Hampton Memorial Blood Drive

"Help us honor those who have given ALL by giving the "gift of life"...the 8th annual CPT Kimberly Hampton Memorial Blood Drive! "Ann Hampton

Authors of "Kimberly's Flight" present a copy of their book to the Pendleton Branch Library - Anderson Independent Mail - Hometowner - July 4, 2012

Kimberly's Flight present to Pendleton Library
Kimberly's Flight present to Pendleton Library

Book Signing at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library Was A Big Success - See more photos from book signings below the guestbook

Kimberly's Flight Book Signing in Easley SC
Kimberly's Flight Book Signing in Easley SC

WOW!!!!! What an awesome day today!! A dreary, rainy day turned into a day with loads of love and sunshine inside the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, We are overwhelmed with all the love and support and warm comments we received at the book signing! Thank you to everyone who came! Hope you receive a blessing from "Kimberly's Flight". Ann Hampton

Ann Hampton speaks at the "Honoring Our Veterans Program" in Greenville on Flag Day June 14, 2012 - Photo: Ann with Lt. Col Preston Creech, U.S. Air Force, Chap

Honoring Our Veterans Program by LifeWise
Honoring Our Veterans Program by LifeWise

"Ann was the speaker at a Flag Day program honoring veterans that was put on by LifeWise, part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. There also was a moving Missing Man's Table Ceremony put on by Rolling Thunder and the Upstate Senior Band and soloist Mercedes Zubieta presented a wonderful program of patriotic music. The entire program was beautifully done." Anna SimonListen To Ann's Speech HERE

Author Anna Simon meets Author and Lensmaster John Warley

anna simon and john warley
anna simon and john warley

I was so excited when I received an email from Anna saying she had met John Warley. I had written a Squidoo Lens about John Warley's book, The Moralist and have been promoting his books so it was fun that these two should meet.

Ann Hampton Signing Books at Easley's "Celebrate America" - July 3, 2012 at the Old Market in Easley SC

Ann Hampton signing Kimberlys Flight at Easley July 4 celebration
Ann Hampton signing Kimberlys Flight at Easley July 4 celebration

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      We in America need to realize how much our veterans need our support. Women have come a long way as they advance through our military services. From the early days when women flew cargo to their more important role in today's military, they all need recognition.

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      Matthew 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Great article here and thank you for sharing. I will have to check it out.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @sittonbull: Thank you, John. I guess I need to work on some other key words or something.

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      Something is rotten in Denmark for this lens to have fallen to the bottom... and it tells me it may be time to utilize a different forum. There seems to be a lot of confusion and disgruntled Squids i.e. the hallowed formula that rates them. This is one great lens (a purple star lens) among many great ones you have done and I admire your tenacity and determination and loyalty, but something just ain't right for this one to fall so low!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Very good tribute to a great personality. Thanks

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      Like the way you presented this, very interesting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you all for your support of "Kimberly's Flight" in the recent months since book release in May. It's been an amazing 2012 and I send best wishes to all who have read and commented on this page for a blessed 2013. Much love and special wishes and thanks to OhMe for creating and updating the page through the year. - - Anna Simon

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you for visiting

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      You've presented a hearty story very well.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Dianne Loomos: Here story is truly amazing but so is the story of how her parents have dealt with their loss.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan. Ann and Anna have really worked hard to promote this page for Veterans Park. We even have business cards with information about the book and this link.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      So sad to have lost one so young and so promising. The fact that she died doing something she absolutely loved is something of a comfort. Still, hard to lose a child. I love this comprehensive page on Captain Kimberly Hampton. I hope many people get the book and read her story.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you so much for blessing this page and I hope you do get to read the story of Captain Kimberly Hampton - it is truly inspiring

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Wow, an incredible woman and an incredible tribute to her and all of our troops. Thank you for introducing me to her story...I am definitely going to read this book now. Blessed!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very inspiring story of a true American hero! I love that proceeds from this page benefit Veterans Park in Pendleton. Seems very appropriate.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @grannysage: Oh No, I am so sorry about your cousin and her family. How very sad. We sure never know what life is going to bring us. Thank you so much for visiting.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I had a cousin who flew helicopters during the Vietnam war and came home safely. He had a wife and children and died while flying a civilian helicopter for his job. I am touched by Kimberly's story. It is good to know that her sacrifice for our country is being remembered.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @bigjoe2121: Yes, this book is quite a tribute to a wonderful young woman who made a difference her short time on earth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @jmchaconne: Thank you, Jim. I visited your "Helicopters flying rocks" lens and enjoyed reading about your first solo flight at Ft. Rucker. Kimberly's flight training was at Rucker, also. If you haven't read the book yet, please do. You will love it. There are lots of helicopter stories in it from lots of pilots.

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      So happy and sad for Kimberly and her family at the same time. :) Emotions are so complicated.

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      I'm a retired helicopter pilot, Army, this is a sad, reality. I'm running a lens about helicopters, and using this as a favorite.

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Great story..good lens

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I will be thinking of y'all and hope you sell a ton of books!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please come see us at our booksigning this Saturday, July 14 at the Books-A-Million store in the Anderson Mall from 1 - 3 p.m. Our table will be near the front door of the store leading in from the parking lot. Thanks!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another booksigning, this Saturday, July 21, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Books-A-Million on Laurens Road in Greenville. If you missed us last Saturday in Anderson, you can come see us tomorrow in Greenville. Thanks to all who have read "Kimberly's Flight. If you enjoyed reading it, please recommend it to a friend!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting book about an amazing young woman.

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      Ant1sa1nt 5 years ago

      Hello, think that this nice is lense

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done. Now I need to get a copy and learn more about this amazing woman. Blessings!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Gayle. you were a critical part of bringing "Kimberly's Flight" to print to be shared with others. We couldn't have done it without you, our agent and friend. - Anna Simon

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Stay cool and hope you have a wonderful weekend at Easley's July 4th celebration.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this beautiful comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for this first-class and very thorough lens on Kimberly's Flight. It is a wonderful tribute to Kimberly and to all our veterans and their families, and I especially appreciate the many reviews and updates on signings. The video on Gold Star Mothers spoke volumes, even between the lines, and brought tears to my eyes. As the agent for Kimberly's Flight, I have always had a deep belief in the fundamental importance and beauty of the values she so clearly embodied, and it has been an honor to help bring her story to light. My attraction to Kimberly was first motivated by her groundbreaking contribution as a woman to the US military. But it was not until after publication, when I actually held the book in my hands and sat back and read it with fresh eyes, did I realize the full importance of Kimberly's achievement and sacrifice, the toll this latter has taken on her family, and how representative their loss is for thousands of other military families whose stories and suffering remain untold. Ann Hampton's story of love and loss, and the chronicle of her exceedingly painful and courageous journey from absence, silence and irreparable loss to a public role as an author and Gold Star Mother working to help the healing of others whose children have been sacrificed to war -- and this in the very country where her own child lost her life -- inspired me anew. It also solved a mystery: "Now," I said to myself, "I know where Kimberly got her moxy -- her patriotism, strength, determination, values, persistence and tremendous courage." Gayle Wurst, Princeton International Agency for the Arts

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ann Hampton and I will be selling/signing "Kimberly's Flight" at the "Celebrate America" event July 3 and 4 at Old Market Square in Easley. Marine Gold Star Mom Colleen Parkin, who is visiting from Utah, will be selling her paracord bracelets and "Life Is Good In Pink Boots" items. Please come see us!!

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful tribute. I am also a retired soldier. No matter what and which side you fight a war, you in your own right do so believe in it. We in uniform do not ask questions and go where we are ordered. It is in the final analysis the outcome of the conflict which does in some corner of our heart makes us feel good and bad. I am really sorry for this great loss for the family of Kimberly.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I cannot imagine losing a child. It would be heartbreaking, and I don't know that it being in a heroic manner would help, the agony would still be there beyond enduring. Kimberly may you live eternally in the hearts of those you were close to.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a story and will look forward to reading.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I think I need to read this one!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fascinating! Someone to be very proud of but a very sad loss of life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have just begun to read this fascinating book and appreciate so much your introducing it to our area. Kimberly Hampton's family is amazing, and we are all fortunate to have them in our area.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Reas this book.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      This was a great lens. I had never heard of her before.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Beautiful comment, BJ. Thanks so much for visiting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Gold Star Mothers can inspire us all to be thinking of ways to be helpful to service women and men. Every time I ride on the part of the highway named for Kimberly Hampton between Pendleton and Greenville, I am humbly moved to gratitude for her gifts to us all.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stories are coming out later this week in The Greenville News and The Greenville Journal. Check back here later in the week to see links. And come see us at the Easley library this coming Sunday, June 10 from 3 - 5 p.m. Cindy Hosea's beautiful photography display will make it worth the trip. Thanks!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Gloria, We may have a book signing at the State Museum in Columbia. Kimberly is included in an exhibit in the Confederal Relics Room there. Ann Hampton has been in touch with them and there' sinterest, so stay tuned. We will be sure to get the information to Oh Me to post here on Squidoo. Thanks for your interest.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Patsy! So good to hear from you. I live in Irmo Sc now and I work with Vocational Rehabilitation. I would love to catch up. I will try to find you. Also I will definitely buy the book. Is there going to be a nook signing in the Columbia area?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks Nancy. I miss all of my friends in Pendleton. Thanks for the heads up on Patsy's post. We haven't spoken since that day and it is so nice to re-connect. My love to Doc!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Patsy!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I stumbled across this page on Memorial Day, a time to remember all the brave men and women who have served our country. I can't imagine the pain a parent must feel when losing their child, especially in war, but I think it's wonderful that they have shared her story with the world and that Kimberly will always be remembered with this book.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Gloria, it is so wonderful to see this message from you. I have thought about you often and hoped that you were doing good. Please get "Kimberly's Flight". It is the story of a beautiful young lady who lived her dream completely. A wonderful, but heartbreaking story.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      I am proud that they can get her story out there, it will be a portion of healing even though Kimberly is physically gone, she lives within their and our hearts always. Great lens and thanks for sharing.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow, very nice dedication to a wonderful soldier. Squid Angel blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very moving lens, thank you for making us aware of this story. Remember the fallen always, as they paid the ultimate price so that we can have our freedom.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lovely memorial of Kimberly Hamptom, what a wonderful spirit we had among us!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Gloria, thanks so much for visiting this page about this wonderful book. I miss seeing you. I have certainly enjoyed getting to know Authors Anna Simon and Ann Hampton and they did such a great job of telling Kimberly's story. Since you have a personal connection with knowing Patsy, you will enjoy reading it even more. It is inspirational and also very educational. Thanks again, Nancy Hellams

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I look forward to reading this book. I worked with Kimberly's aunt Patsy for several years. I will never forget the phone call from Patsy informing me of her niece's death.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Will be looking forward to reading this one.Kim

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      What a wonderful lens and the touching video above of families who lost loved ones who gave their lives for our country. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book too.

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      flipflopseason 5 years ago

      I am looking forward to reading Kimberly's Flight. Her sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who came out the the booksigning at Pendleton Presbyterian Church yesterday, and special thanks to the ladies of the church who made it all possible. It was an amazing day for Ann and I and we are honored and humbled by the overwhelming response.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by, Anne!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kimberly's email home about loving her job gave me goosebumps! What a terrible loss.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: See ya there, Jean!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      May we all be so lucky to be "living a full, exciting life and [be] HAPPY!"

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Kimberly's bravery is a true testament to her strength and sense of adventure. Excellent review of the book and tour.

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Amazing lens! Thumbs up!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      What a wonderful tribute to your daughter!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      To the family of Kimberly, I am so very sorry for your loss. I appreciate the service your daughter gave to our country. This looks like a remarkable book.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am planning to go to the book signing and can't wait to read the story of this amazing woman and to meet her mother.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      I have had many scary rides in a military chopper so I can relate to some of what Kimberley went through. The "Brylcreem Boys" might well get to sleep in their own beds at times but that doesn't make their task any safer than the footsoldiers. RIP

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations, OhMe on winning the purple star for your lens. You certainly are our Squid Angel. This lens is wonderful I appreciate the interest you've taken in Kimberly's story. Thank you everyone for your positive comments and interest in the book. I hope everyone will enjoy reading it.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this book have been put on my T.R.L. I love to read, this is a book that need to be read I want to learn about Kimberly and her life.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Coreena Jolene: I truly admire all the men and women who are willingly serving our country for our freedom and I try not to take any of those freedoms for granted. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @SheGetsCreative: Perfect comment. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @boutiqueshops: I just finished the book and I must say that it is excellent. Kimberly was such an amazing woman and did so much to make a difference during her short time on this earth.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Fcuk Hub: Be sure to check back in after you read it and share your thoughts. It is a wonderful book.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Franksterk: Thank you for the blessing, Frankster, and for the visit. You are absolutely right that there just aren't enough books written about the brave men and women who serve our Country.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ramkitten2000: Yes, Kimberly possessed the same Adventurous spirit that you have, Ramkitten. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you, Patricia. This really is an exceptional book and I highly recommend it. By the way, I am still enjoying your collection of poems. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @bushaex: Thank you for your service to our country and for your visit and comment to this lens about a great woman.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      As an ex-Navy officer who served during the Vietnam era, I know that the sacrifices of the military are often overlooked in an unpopular war. Thanks especially for shedding light on the contributions that women are making in the military.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for letting us know about this book and author!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Definitely a book I'd be interested in reading. Excellent overview and review.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for putting together this wonderful lens about the book to honor this young woman. We need more books about the women and men who serve our Country. As an Army brat, I am fully aware of the sacrifices a family makes when one of the members is in the service. Thank you again. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      What a great story. Very impressive. I'm looking forward to read this book :)

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      What an amazing, inspiring story! Thank you for sharing this with us. I've added this book to my reading list. Blessings!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Although I wish it was a book that never had to be written, I'm definitely adding it to my reading list.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      What an amazing young lady. It sounds like her mother is quite amazing to by being able to go meet with other mothers who have lost their adult children to war. My heart goes out to them. My daughter is a reserve in the Air Force and has talked about volunteering to deploy to the middle east. She doesn't fly, she is in the medical field. I think anyone in our armed services are amazing. What a great lens you have written. Thanks for sharing her story.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: So glad it was a good weekend in PC. Loved the bit on TV last night but I missed the radio interview this morning. Will try to catch it tomorrow.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's been an amazing weekend with our first book signings well received at Presbyterian College, Kimberly's alma mater. Thanks to everyone on OhMe's site for all the kind words. We are looking forward to this coming Sunday, May 20, at Pendleton Presbyterian Church. Thank you so much, Presbyterian Women at my church for hosting this. You ladies are the best!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Great to see you dropping by, Martha! Thanks.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jo-Ann! I will be reading this at the beach.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds interesting. Hope to read it some day. Thanks for the good review.Martha

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't wait to read the book. Nancy, as always you do such a good job promoting anything that you undertake.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Beautifully written and I look forward to reading Kimberly's Flight.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks, cuzin conse

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @PlethoraReader: Thanks for the heads up and the visit!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @sittonbull: Thanks, John! I would love to get you a book if I get to go. I am on the church committee organizing the PHS Baccalaureate Service so will be rushing that day. Give your mom a hug from me.