SSgt Delmar White
United States Army National Guard
KIA 02 September 2007, Iraq
|Kentucky guardsman killed by roadside bomb in Iraq
The Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky National Guardsman from Lexington was killed and three others
were injured when a roadside bomb exploded while they were escorting a convoy in Iraq, the
military said Sept. 3.
Staff Sgt. Delmar White, 37, of Lexington died Sept. 2 during the mission in Baghdad, said Maj. Gen.
Donald C. Storm, adjutant general for Kentucky.
“The death of Staff Sergeant White is a terrible loss for the entire Kentucky National Guard family,”
Storm said in a statement. “Words cannot describe the grief that we all feel at this time.”
White died doing what he loved, said his wife, Michelle.
“He went out a hero,” she told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sept. 3. “He was a hero before he
went to Iraq, in my book.”
The names of the three injured soldiers were not released, but a statement said two had been
taken to a hospital in Germany and one had returned to duty. All three injured soldiers had been in
touch with family members, Kentucky National Guard spokesman Phil Miller said.
White, who had previously served in the Marines, was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Miller
It was the second death of a Kentucky National Guardsman in a one-week period. Staff Sgt.
Nicholas R. Carnes, 25, of Ludlow in northern Kentucky, died Aug. 26 in Afghanistan of wounds
from small-arms fire. Carnes was assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in
White, who deployed less than a month ago, was assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field
Artillery, based in Carlisle.
“I pain for any soldier who dies in combat,” said battalion commander Lt. Col. Mike Gilkey. “Having
two of them in your command in one week, it hits hard.”
Funeral services for Carnes were to be held Sept. 4 in northern Kentucky.
White, a graduate of Cawood High School in Harlan, moved to central Kentucky in January 1999 and
soon met his wife.
She said his support for the war never wavered.
“He was 100 percent military,” she said. “If somebody started bad-talking the war in front of him, he
would get upset. Whether he felt we should be there or not, he was all for what the military did. He
never bad-talked the military or President Bush. He was behind it 100 percent, always.”
Michelle White said her husband would do anything for anybody. Her best friend’s son thought of
him as a second dad.
“He was a fantastic person that everybody loved,” Michelle White said.
White’s commander in Iraq said he was a first-class joker who never passed up a chance to play
“There is a line that we are familiar with that says we will ‘cheerfully obey the orders.’ That was
Delmar White for certain,” Capt. Robert Mattingly told the newspaper. “He was an excellent NCO,
who led by example and never asked anything of his soldiers he wasn’t willing to do himself.
“Delmar White was loved by everyone in the battery and will be terribly missed by all,” Mattingly
White had been a corrections officer with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, but left in
2005 to help recruit for the National Guard.
“He loved the Guard,” Gilkey said. “That’s how much he believed in what we do.”
White is survived by his wife and their two children; his stepmother, Hazel White; and a brother,
Gov. Ernie Fletcher directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in White’s
honor until the day of his funeral. The flags currently are at half-staff to honor Carnes.
Memorial Page Established by- Beth Molands
Staff Sgt. Delmar White
Delmar White-Died September 2, 2007, in Iraq by a
Army National Guard, Kentucky
138th Field Artillery
It was an honor to know you, my dear friend. I'll miss you. Rest in
peace. Thank you for all you've done, for you are a true hero. God
Bless You and Keep You.
July 19, 2013
To The Family of SSGT Delmar White,
There is not a day in my life since 09/02/2007 that I do not stop to think of you and pray. The sacrifice
Delmar made to keep all Americans safe and free will never be forgotten. My son, Bryan was with
Delmar and was badly injured.He still holds him in the highest regard as a courageous and loyal role
model. I know Delmar is in Heaven watching over all of his loved ones as a Guardian Angel now and I
just wanted to say thank you for the privilege of honoring a man so worthy of it.
Mother and Proud American
September 11, 2012
We worked with Delmar at the Fayette County Detention Center. Every now and then we think about
him and our hearts ache. White was a great man who is missed!
May 29, 2010
Spc Junior W Groves
A Good Friend Lost But Not Forgotten
I had the opportunity to work with Del as we called him at work. We both worked at the University Of
Kentucky together for many years before he went to work at Rupp Arena. The news of his death had
me in tears as I worked in a factory in Lebanon Kentucky. When I picked up the Lexington
Herald-Leader and saw his picture and story on the front page I could hardly retain my grief as my
co-workers consoled me. I cared a lot for Del as he was a real good friend. Even today he's truly missed.
March 10, 2009
I would just like to let everyone know that we at the jail will be dedicating a memorial to Delmar on May
20, 2009 at 2:00pm. If anyone would like more info on this you may contact me a
Jan 30, 2008
Blessed be the peace keepers. You were a great friend
to many who of us who have few. You are loved and will be missed.