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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
"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 And that's not to mention my chosen profession, which is to fly a single engine helicopter which is overweight, outdated and slow.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"
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.
Presbyterian College Theatre Dept Performs "Kimberly's Flight"
- A Play Honors PC Graduate Kimberly Hampton
The play was performed in April 2014 and it sure sounds like it was a huge success.
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
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,
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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This is one of the best books about women pilots. Stories of women pilots are few and Captain Kimberly Hampton's story is one of courage and inspiration. It would be a great book for teenage girls to read, too.
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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.
Foundation established by Dale and Ann Hampton in memory of their daughter, Captain Kimberly Hampton.
Meet The Authors of "Kimberly's Flight"
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.
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.
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
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
Photo Credit: Photo taken by Aileen Johnson and used with her permission.
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
Scenes from the Kimberly's Flight Book Signing at Pendleton Presbyterian Church - Photos by Photographer Jenny Munro
"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
"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
Book Signing at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library Was A Big Success - See more photos from book signings below the guestbook
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
"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
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.