Lipscomb honors graduate, Marine killed in Afghanistan
Flags are at half-staff today on the campus of Lipscomb University and David Lipscomb Campus School in Nashville, Tenn., in honor of U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Kevin Balduf.
Balduf, a 2002 graduate of David Lipscomb High School, was killed in action on May 12 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His funeral begins at 3 p.m. today the at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville. He is the grandson of Jo Newsom, who works in the university’s development office.
The Tennessean interviewed Balduf’s family and friends:
“As long as I knew him, he was one of those guys who always knew what he was going to do,” Lipscomb classmate Matt Dickerson said. “He was going to be a soldier.”
Dickerson fought back tears Tuesday, remembering the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when he and Sgt. Balduf were high school seniors. As students arrived for Lipscomb’s daily chapel service, Sgt. Balduf proudly grabbed an American flag and waved it.
Lipscomb president Randy Lowry said that Balduf “embodied the character we want for all of our students — a strong faith, integrity and a commitment to service. We are proud of Sgt. Balduf and the way he represented the Lipscomb family.”
Read Lowry’s complete statement.
FeedbackMy heart breaks for this family, but I rejoice that his was a saved soul. Prayers and love to his family, and thanks to him for his sacrifice for our country.Lisa D. BrewerJune, 13 2011