Published: Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for the non-profit memorial fund also are being raised in Arizona, where the pilot was stationed at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix. Gilbert, 34, died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. The family of Capt. Kermit Evans: Donations may be taken to Cannon Federal Credit Union. For information, contact Master Sgt. Harold Hailer, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Chief, 784-2909. Evans, 31, was killed Dec. 3 when the U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter in which he was riding made an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
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