UPDATE: Justice orders flags flown at half-staff to honor soldier's burial

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP and WDTV) - UPDATE: 09/18/18 4:40 P.M.

Tim Bolyard. Courtesy: 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade Facebook Page
Tim Bolyard. Courtesy: 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade Facebook Page

Gov. Jim Justice has ordered all U.S. and West Virginia flags displayed at the state capitol and state facilities in Taylor County to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday to honor the burial service for U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Allen Bolyard.

Bolyard, a Grafton native, was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 3 in eastern Afghanistan. He served as the squadron command sergeant major assigned to Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.


UPDATE: 9/13/18 5:26 P.M.

Command Sergeant Major Tim Bolyard was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month when two Afghan officers opened fire with a rifle and machine gun according to the New York Times.

On Thursday, he was brought home to his family at the North Central WV Airport. His procession passing through downtown Grafton and his alma mater Grafton High School, where an old friend was waiting.

"Looking back on Tim's military career and all of his accomplishments it's perfect," said childhood friend Steve Louzy. "It takes a man like that who doesn't get high and low. He stays even and is a great leader and it shows in all of his accomplishments in the military."

After graduating from Grafton High, Sgt. Bolyard joined the Army. He was deployed seven times during his 24 year career, earning himself six Bronze Stars. He was less than two months from retirement.

"It hits really close to home. but more importantly we're proud of what Tim did for our country. Not just Grafton, but for our entire country."

The procession included family, friends, local and state police, and other emergency response units. All of them driving through the town to show respect and deliver Sgt. Bolyard to his final resting place.

"To me it's very important for this community to show what Tim meant to us," said Louzy. "I have messages on messages from the family of thankfulness."

Looking back, Tim's old friend and football buddy was happy to have known him and happy he is finally home.

"If I ever had a son then Tim is exactly what I'd want my son to be."

Sgt. Bolyard leaves behind a wife, three children, and three grandkids.

A viewing will be held at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Tuesday, September 18th from 12-8PM. His funeral will be Wednesday, September 19th at the Message of Freedom Church at noon.


The bodies of two military members are back in the United States.

A dignified transfer ceremony was held Wednesday evening for Army Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard and Staff Sergeant Diobanjo Sanagustin.

Bolyard, who is from Thorton, West Virginia, died when an Afghan police officer opened fire on a military base.

Sanagustin of National City, California died in a non-combat incident while also serving in Afghanistan.


UPDATE 9/5/2018, 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Allen Bolyard, of Thornton, West Virginia, has died of wounds suffered from small arms fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Army officials say Bolyard was killed in an insider attack carried out by a member of the Afghan national police.

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said Bolyard was killed and another service member was wounded during the attack in eastern Afghanistan. The wounded service member is in stable condition, according to the release.

"The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” said Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller. "Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission.”

Bolyard's son, Preston, told 5 News he has family living in Thornton, W.Va. in Taylor County. He said the family now lives in Colorado, where he has spent his whole life.

Preston said his 42-year-old father was less than two months from coming home and retiring.

"The news doesn’t feel real whatsoever," he wrote on Facebook. "He was an amazing man. A great father, husband, and friend to many people. My dad is definitely my hero. Words cannot explain the love I have for this man."

Preston said his dad went to school in Grafton, but lived with his parents in Thornton.

The statement from the Resolute Support mission said Bolyard was the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year. The next day, another service member died in a separate "non-combat related incident" in eastern Afghanistan, according to the NATO release.

The attack was carried out by a member of the Afghan national police, the AP reported Tuesday citing Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell.

O’Donnell told the AP the attacker was an Afghan policeman who ran away but was later apprehended by Afghans.

The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade released a statement late Tuesday night confirming the news of Bolyard's passing. He was the highest-ranking, non-commissioned officer in his unit, according to Military.com.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Bolyard was an outstanding and beloved leader whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten," said Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson. "We are heartbroken for his Family and will do everything in our power to help them through this tragedy. He will live on in our memories and in the hundreds of Soldiers he led and cared for throughout his exceptional career."


ORIGINAL STORY: 9/4/2018, 10:46 p.m.

The Pentagon has identified the soldier killed in Afghanistan Monday in what U.S. officials said was an attack by a member of the Afghan national police.

He was identified as Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard, age 42, from Thornton, West Virginia.

The Pentagon says Bolyard died of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Bolyard was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, based at Fort Benning, Georgia.



 
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