Airman First Class Carl Jerome Ware Jr. Obituary, 2006

SMYRNA – A Smyrna High School graduate died Saturday while serving with the Air Force in Iraq, Air Force officials said. Airman Carl Jerome Ware, 22, a 2002 graduate of Smyrna High School, died Saturday at Camp Bucca, Iraq, the Pentagon said Sunday. Airman Ware is the 14th armed forces member from Delaware to be killed during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The airman’s death remains under investigation but officials said the cause was not related to combat. He joined the military in 2004 and was assigned to the 15th Airlift Wing at Hickam Air Force Base near Honolulu. He was serving in Iraq in the 886th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. “We lost a valuable member of the Hickam Air Force Base team and our Air Force family,” said Col. John Torres, commander of the 15th Airlift Wing. “Airman Ware will be missed, but his dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.” Airman Ware spent his high school years in Smyrna, where he was fondly remembered. Hearing about a former student’s death can be as difficult for a teacher as it is for family, teacher Todd Seelhorst said. On one hand, a teacher provides their education and is a casual observer in a student’s life. But they’re watching them grow on a social and emotional level, he said. “Carl was a very nice kid,” said Mr. Seelhorst, who taught Airman Ware world history. “Funny, great sense of humor. But what I noticed about him in school was he was very goal-oriented and had a great sense of purpose. “It’s just kind of a bitter reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that these young men and women are willing to pay.” As a high school senior he was open about his desire to join the military, a sign of his maturity, Mr. Seelhorst said. “I think that all his activities and all his interests were geared that way,” said the former teacher who became the district’s social studies specialist. Mr. Seelhorst’s daughter, Lindsey, graduated with Airman Ware, which brought his former students’ death close to home, the teacher said. Smyrna Assistant Superintendent Clarence “Buddy” Lloyd described Airman Ware as a quiet B-average student who did not attract a lot of attention to himself, but did what he was supposed to do. Airman Ware married Christine Marie Lynch in January 2003, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The couple has a daughter, Caitlyn, 11 months old. Hickam officials said the family, which now lives in Glassboro, N.J., wasn’t granting interviews to the media. The airman’s body will be transported to McGuire Air Force Base in Hanover Township, N.J. The family requested that the airman be transported near their New Jersey home, said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard, a Hickam spokesman. Normally, soldiers’ bodies are transported to Dover Air Force Base. The Associated Press contributed to this article. Staff writer Kate House-Layton can be reached at 741-8242 or

Source:  Delaware State News (Dover, DE) – Tuesday, July 4, 2006

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