National Guard soldier from Morehead City killed in Afghanistan returns home

North Carolina

An Honorable Transfer and Procession for a 23-year-old National Guard soldier from Morehead City killed in Afghanistan was held Friday morning. 

James Slape, 23, formerly of Morehead City, KIA in Afghanistan was awarded the Purple Heart and promoted to Sergeant, posthumously.

Slape ‘s remains departed MCAS Cherry Point around 9:30 a.m. and arrived to Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office will be assisted with the procession through the county.


A 23-year-old National Guard soldier from Morehead City was killed in Afghanistan Thursday, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. James Allen Slape died due to wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.

According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation, and Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously.

He was assigned to N.C. Army National Guard’s 60th Troop Command, 430th Explosive Ordnance Company, based in Washington, N.C. 

His unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support, in April 2018. The unit is scheduled to return to the U.S. in the spring of 2019.

In a statement, Gov. Roy Cooper said: “National Guard members step up and answer the call to service wherever they are needed, whether at home to help during a natural disaster or overseas to protect our national security. They leave their homes, their families and their jobs and put their lives on the line for us. On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. James Slape and offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones and his fellow soldiers.”

Sgt. James Slape joined the North Carolina National Guard in 2013 and graduated from the Explosive Ordnance School as an Explosive Ordnance Specialist in 2015.

Sgt. Slape is the 26th North Carolina Army National Guard Soldier to be killed in action, since September 11, 2001. 

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