Sailor To Be Buried in Parkersburg

By
Associated Press

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Updated Fri, Aug 19, 2011 8:13 am

A West Virginia sailor who was among 30 Americans killed when insurgents shot down their helicopter in Afghanistan will be buried in Parkersburg.

Lieutenant David Bennett says Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null's body is to return today to West Virginia.  A memorial was set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Parkersburg South High School, from which he graduated, followed by a military burial.

The 30-year-old Wood County native was an explosive ordnance disposal technician.   Null served in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Bronze Stars, one with valor.

Null joined the Navy in 2000 and had been stationed in Virginia Beach since 2007, reporting to a SEAL team in 2009.

The August 6 crash was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the war.  Eight Afghans also died.

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