Body of American soldier returns to his home in Taylor County

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UPDATE (9/13/2018 10:40 a.m.):

The body of Army Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard, of Thornton, W.Va., was returned to his home in Taylor County on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Bolyard’s remains arrived by plane at the North Central West Virginia Airport and were then transported to Taylor County.

According to Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Bolyard’s viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 18 from noon to 8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at noon.

ORIGINAL (9/5/2018):

The Department of Defense has confirmed the death of a soldier from Taylor County who was a part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on his seventh deployment overseas.

Sergeant Major Timothy A. Bolyard, 42, of Thornton, died Monday, September 3 of wounds sustained from small arms fire in Logar province, Afghanistan.

The incident, which was allegedly an insider attack, is under investigation.

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

Governor Jim Justice issued a proclamation ordering all West Virginia state flags on all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff through sunset Wednesday “in commemoration of the distinguished life and service” of Bolyard.

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