Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Theodore U. Church
Assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Incident: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Theodore U. Church died May 28 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter crashed after receiving heavy enemy fire during combat operations. Also killed was 1st Lt. Keith N. Heidtman.
Ohio soldier killed after helicopter crashes in Iraq
The Associated Press
HONOLULU — A soldier from Ohio was one of two based at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu who were killed in Iraq this week, the Pentagon said May 30.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Theodore U. Church of South Point, Ohio, and 1st Lt. Keith N. Heidtman of Norwich, Conn., died from wounds sustained when their helicopter crashed after being hit by enemy fire.
Church’s family in Ohio asked the Army to tell the media they wanted to grieve in private, a Schofield public affairs official said. Church was 32 years old.
Heidtman, 24, was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy and the University of Connecticut. He arrived in Iraq in December and was scheduled to come home for leave in July.
Church and Heidtman were among 10 U.S. soldiers who died in roadside bombings and the helicopter crash May 28, the military reported, making May the…