Guilford Co. man among three NC soldiers killed in Afghanistan

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Sgt. Jeremy Hardison, Sgt. Thomas Butler IV and Sgt. Donna R. Johnson.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Family members are sharing memories of three North Carolina Army National Guard soldiers killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan this week.

The family of Sgt. Jeremy Hardison said in a statement Saturday that the 23-year-old joined the National Guard so that he could attend school and then design and build aircraft.

Before deploying for training in June with other members of the 514th Military Police Company, Hardison was a driver for a Greensboro trucking company.

Sgt. Thomas Butler IV of Leland saw community college and the Guard as paving the way to a career as a law officer. He was 25.

Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford was a former state prison guard, a military police officer and worked in bomb training at Fort Bragg. She was 29.

Credit: The Associated Press.