WHEELING, WV, US
U. S. Army
CPT, TROOP G, 2ND SQD, 3RD ARMORED CAV REGT, FORT HOOD, TX
06/29/2011, AL KUT, IRAQ
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after learning Wheeling native and U.S. Army Captain David Edward Van Camp died on June 29, 2011 from injuries he suffered as a result of an indirect fire attack from insurgent forces in Iraq.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Van Camp,” Governor Tomblin said. “Van Camp was committed to serving his country and he demonstrated valor, even in the face of danger. Joanne and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Captain Van Camp. As our nation prepares to recognize our independence, we extend our sincere gratitude to all our military families, especially those who have lost loved ones. We are forever indebted to those who protect America’s freedoms. I ask that all West Virginians keep the Van Camp family and all our military families in their prayers.”
Van Camp had been stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas with the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He is survived by his wife, Chelsea Van Camp, his parents and extended family.
“David was doing something that he loved, something that was worth dying for, (is) what I believe. He is part of the reason why we can do the things we do today,” explained childhood friend Ryan Butler.
I want to thank everyone for the support, prayers, and kind words that have been sent my way these past weeks. I wouldn’t be here without my friends and family. Chelsea Van Camp