Soldier originally from St. Thomas dies while stationed in Kuwait

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ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man died in Kuwait while serving with the Army in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. Lyle Turnbull, 31, originally from St. Thomas, died of a medical emergency following a race Thursday at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The cause of his death is being investigated.

Turnbull was assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

On the battalion's Facebook page, Lt. Col. John Gregor posted:

"It is with a heavy heart that I pass along news of the passing of one of our Messengers. Sgt. Lyle Turnbull, of C Company, passed away on 18 October 2013 at Camp Arifjan while participating in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run. As of 19 October, his family has been notified, and I would ask you to please keep Sgt. Turnbull's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days."

He said memorial services will be hosted at both Fort Hood and Camp Buehring.

According to posts made to Facebook, U.S. flags at Camp Arifjan have been flying at half-staff since Sunday and will continue through today in honor of Turnbull.

Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen issued a statement saying Turnbull was a 2000 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School.

"My family, staff and I are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to the family of Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull of St. Thomas, especially his wife, Nestlian, and children; his parents, Delita Farrinton Francis and Randolph Turnbull; and his friends and fellow soldiers, at this time of sorrow," she said.

Gov. John deJongh Jr. also issued a statement offering condolences to the family and community.

"The people of the Virgin Islands join Cecile and me in extending our heartfelt sympathies to Sgt. Turnbull's family. We thank his family for his dedication and commitment to protecting our freedom as a member of the United States Armed Forces," deJongh said.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email

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