Army Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hazelgrove, 29, Natural Bridge, NY, originally from Edinburgh, Indiana
Died in the crash of his OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter outside Mosul. The helicopter was reportedly on its way back from a combat mission. Died January 23, 2004.
Hazelgrove, a pilot, father and husband, grew up in Edinburgh and joined the Army in 1994. He died along with another pilot when their helicopter crashed near Mosul, Iraq, soon after takeoff. He was 29.
His commander, Brig. Gen. Byron Bagby, remembers Hazelgrove as a "great American."
"The guy was amazing," agreed Hazelgrove's half brother Brad Lemon, of Edinburgh. "He thrived in the military and was making it a career."
Hazelgrove, of Fort Rucker, Ala., was 11 years younger than Lemon and was "an ornery little cuss" when he was growing up, his half brother said. As Hazelgrove grew older, Lemon said, he became a joy to his family and friends.
He left behind a wife, Kimmi, and four children.