Editor's note: This obituary originally ran in the Aug. 13, 2003 Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO -- Pvt. Kyle Charles Gilbert, 20, a lifelong resident of Brattleboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, during an attack in the Al Mansour district in Baghdad, Iraq. Gilbert was a member of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 32nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C.
Born in Brattleboro on Jan. 16, 1983, he was the son of Robert and Regina (Earp) Gilbert. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 2001.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during his senior year at BUHS.
Mr. Gilbert excelled in the martial arts and was ranked No. 2 nationally for age 17 and under. He was the recipient of over 300 awards and trophies. A member of the National Black Belt League, he received his black belt at the age of I7, studying under Denise Rouleau and Deborah Holley at the Roulea-Holley TKD in Brattleboro. He was a member of the Warrior karate team in Brattleboro.
Besides his parents of Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford, he leaves his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Roller, of Brattleboro; paternal grandparents, Charles and Leona Gilbert of Brattleboro; great-grandmother Lottis Walker of Brattleboro; many aunts, uncles, cousins and his extended family in the martial arts community.
He was predeceased by his grandfather, Harold Mayhew.
FUNERAL NOTICE -- Pvt. Kyle Charles Gilbert, 20, a lifelong resident of Brattleboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, during an attack in the Al Mansour district in Baghdad, Iraq.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on Walnut Street with the Rev. Neil Stetson, pastor of Community Bible Chapel, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Locust Ridge Cemetery on Black Mountain Road. A reception at the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post Home will take place after the committal services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kyle's name may be made to a special martial arts memorial fund through the River Valley Credit Union, P.O. Box 8366, Brattleboro, VT. 05304, attn: Gary Ellis.