Tennessee Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Timothy Flanigan, 37, of Milan, Tennessee, formerly from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Flanigan, an Indianapolis, Indiana Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School graduate, was killed July 2, 2006 when an AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the military said. Flanigan was a member of Company R, 4-278th Armored Calvary Regiment out of Jackson, Tennessee.
Enemy action has been ruled out as a possible cause for the crash, which is still under investigation.
The Apache was responding to a reported rocket attack against the airfield when it crashed. It is unknown if Flanigan was piloting the aircraft when it crashed.
His father, Bill Flanigan, of Indianapolis, told the city's WRTV television station that his son would have wanted his family to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, even after learning of his death.
"He was such a tremendous pilot. I knew that if there was anybody who could come out of it, he would," Flanigan said. "Whatever happened was beyond his control."