The Richmond Register

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April 21, 2010

Soldier from Richmond dies in Afghanistan

RICHMOND — A Kentucky Army National Guard soldier who lived in Richmond died Sunday while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Randolph “Randy” Sigley Jr., 28, was found dead in his quarters at Bagram Airbase where he was serving with the National Guard’s Richmond-based 2123rd Transportation Company.

The cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation, according to a statement from Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht.

Sigley, whose family lives in Casey County, had attended Eastern Kentucky University and lived in Richmond, where he worked full-time with the Guard, before deploying to Afghanistan on March 18, said David Altom, a Guard spokesperson.

Sigley had commanded a mine-resistant, ambush-protected Humvee that helped protect military convoys in Afghanistan, Altom said.

“The death of Sgt. Sigley is a tremendous loss to us all,” said Capt. John Moore, who commands Sigley’s unit. “His professionalism, selfless service and devotion was contagious to all who served with him. Randy was not only a great soldier but a fantastic human being who cared deeply for his brothers and sisters in arms. He was a true patriot who loved his country, state and unit.”

“Sgt. Sigley’s family is in our thoughts and prayers as we grieve his loss,” said Moore. “He was a fine soldier and a Kentuckian in the true pioneer spirit.”

A member of the Kentucky Army National Guard since 2006, Sigley served from 2000-2004 with the United States Marine Corps. He had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines.

“The entire Kentucky National Guard is saddened by the news of Sgt. Sigley’s death,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky adjutant general. “We want to recognize in particular Randy’s family as they grieve for the loss of this wonderful son and brother. They are part of our Kentucky National Guard family, and so we will extend to them all of the assistance and support in our power.”

Sigley is survived by his mother, Mrs. Rhonda L. Hardin, his stepfather, Alton A. Hardin, and his sister, Kristin Mattingly.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

More than 12,000 Kentucky Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001. Sigley is the 18th Kentucky National Guard Soldier to die while deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. He is the fourth to die in Afghanistan.

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