Sunday, August 7, 2011

Maui man killed in Afghanistan chopper crash

August 7, 2011

HAIKUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui man was one of the 30 Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. According to friends, Kraig Vickers of Haiku died when insurgents shot down the military chopper. Vickers was a 1992 graduate of Maui High School.

The Maui News reports that he was a Navy bomb disposal team member. This was the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the war in Afghanistan started. Most of those killed were Navy SEALS.

Maui native among dead; ‘a great loss’

Kraig Vickers, a 1992 graduate of Maui High School and a Maui Interscholastic League defensive football player of the year, was among 30 Americans who died in a U.S. military helicopter shot down during fighting in Afghanistan, his father, Robert Vickers, confirmed by telephone Saturday night.
Kraig Vickers, 36, was a Navy Bomb Disposal Team member, said his father, who could barely speak of his loss.
Mr. Vickers said he and his wife, Mary, were extremely proud of their son and his 15-year military career.  Read More