In Commemoration of Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null
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 Sunday, August 21, 2011, the day of services for Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null, a Washington, W.Va. native.
Null was a 1999 graduate of Parkersburg South High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 2000 and through his service achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in the United States Navy SEAL Naval Special Warfare Development Group as an Explosive Warfare Specialist/Free-Fall Parachutist/Diver. Null died during Operation Enduring Freedom on August 6, 2011, along with twenty-nine other United States soldiers, from injuries sustained in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash after taking fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
“Today, we mourn the tragic loss of a brave young soldier,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Nicholas Null was a distinguished soldier and a fellow West Virginian. His sacrifice in service to his country brings honor to his family, the citizens of W.Va. and his country. Joanne and I extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, his loving family and all who knew Nicholas. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the twenty-nine other soldiers who were lost. ”
He is survived by his wife Tanya, three young sons, his father Tim, his mother Tracy, his brother Brandon, his sister Ashley and his extended family.
(From the Governor's Website)
We Honor Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance