WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The 81st Regional Support Command will host a building memorial ceremony in honor of a local North Carolina National Guard soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last year, according to a news release.
Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, a Wilmington resident, served during Operation Enduring Freedom with the North Carolina Guard's 514th Military Police Company based in Winterville.
According to the news release, Butler and two others from the unit were killed in Afghanistan on October 1, 2012 after their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber.
Butler is survived by his wife, Holly, their son Thomas Butler V, and his parents Thomas Butler III and Leslie Butler, of Wilmington.
The ceremony will take place Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, located at 3623 Carolina Beach Road.
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