President Obama Honors Hawaii Troop Killed in Afghanistan

A recent deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan killed 30 US soldiers, turning out to be the deadly crash of the war so far. On board was a Maui-born Hawaii resident, Kraig Vickers, who worked for the US Navy as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician. Kraig’s 37th birthday would have been August 11, 2011. In 2012, he hoped to have been stationed in Oahu, Hawaii for military duty.

US Ceremony with Obama in attendance

The Vickers family flew to Delaware for the ceremony at Dover Air Force base. They still live in Haiku, Maui, which is located in the central part of the island just north of Makawao town. Hawaii-born US President Barack Obama gave honor to the troops who lost their lives, expressing grief for the Vickers family and everyone else who lost a loved one. At the time, no official release has been made about the cause of crash. Kraig Vickers graduated from Maui High School in 1992 and was also a football player in the Maui Interscholastic League. He led a 15-year-long career in the military until the crash.

Family and friends in Maui Remember Kraig

Friends and family remember Kraig as a kind-hearted man who touched the lives of people he met in Maui, Hawaii, and in the service. His Maui High School football coach, Curtis Lee, remembers Kraig as smart, devoted, and focused on reaching his goals. His father, Robert Vickers, was a wrestling coach at Maui High School. Robert still lives with his wife on Maui. In fact, most of his family still lives in Hawaii, either working on Oahu or on Maui. Kraig’s wife, Nani, is expecting her third baby with Kraig within about two months. A Facebook memorial page has been created in Kraig Vickers’ memory. Friends, family, and anyone in Hawaii and beyond are invited to leave a message of condolence and encouragement for Kraig and his family.

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