Governor Orders U.S. & State Flags to be Lowered
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and State flags displayed at State facilities be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk on Saturday, July 30, 2011, the day of services for Captain David Edward Van Camp, a native of Elm Grove, W.Va.
Van Camp was commissioned into the U.S. Army from the Marion Military Institute. He was later assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas where he was Commanding Officer of G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps. Through his distinguished service, he achieved the rank of Captain.
In 2005, Van Camp served his first tour in Iraq, followed by several additional tours. After being injured by the detonation of a bomb in 2006, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Upon recovery, he returned to active duty. Van Camp died on June 29, 2011 in Badrah, Iraq, from injuries sustained as a result of a rocket attack by insurgent forces.
“Today we mourn the tragic loss of a distinguished soldier and a fellow West Virginian who has brought honor to his family, the citizens of W.Va. and his country,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Captain David Edward Van Camp.”
He is survived by his wife, Chelsea (Graham) Van Camp, his parents and brothers.
(From Governor's Website)
We Honor Captain David Edward Van Camp
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance