Funeral Thursday For Winterville-Based Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan

The funeral for a National Guardsman who was born in New Bern and went to high school in Jacksonville will be held Thursday.

Sgt. Jeremy Hardison was one of three members of the Winterville-based 514th MP Company who died October 1st during an attack in Khost City, Afghanistan. The three were killed when a bomber approached their patrol on foot and detonated a suicide vest. Three other members of the National Guard were injured.

Hardison's funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Southside Baptist Church in Greensboro with burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Salisbury National Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at George Brothers Funeral Service in Greensboro.

Hardison is survived by his wife and a step daughter.

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Three national guardsmen killed in Afghanistan are being honored in Winterville where they were stationed.

A heart wreath and three yellow ribbons are tacked on the entrance of the National Guard armory in Winterville. Sgt. Jeremy Hardision of Maysville, Thomas Butler of Leland and Donna Johnson of Raeford were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber October first. The three were part of the 514th military police company in Winterville.

The bodies of three members of a Winterville-based National Guard unit were brought back to the United States last night. The three, including one guardsmen from Maysville, were killed Monday in Afghanistan after a suicide attack.

Flagged-draped coffins with the remains of Sgt. Jeremy Hardison of Maysville, Sgt. Donna Johnson of Raeford and Sgt. Thomas Butler of Wilmington returned during a solemn ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The three were members of the 514th MP Company, based in Winterville. The 514th left in June for final training in Texas before heading to Afghanistan.

"We are still grieving for these Soldiers, their families and their unit members still carrying on with their mission," said Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina and commander of the North Carolina National Guard. "They were the embodiment of citizen Soldiers who put everything on hold to go in harm's way for all of us. They will be remembered and sorely missed."

The three were killed in Khost City Monday morning when the suicide bomber approached their patrol on foot and detonated a suicide vest. Three other members of the National Guard were injured.

Hardison entered the military in May 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2009. A Facebook profile says he attended NC State and White Oak High School in Jacksonville.