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College honors fallen soldier with theater performance

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CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Ten years after the death of a fallen Upstate solider, her story is being honored with an stage performance.

Easley native Army Captain Kimberly Hampton was the first American female pilot killed in battle. Her helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq in January 2004.

Saturday night her alma mater, Presbyterian College in Clinton, opened a program that will honor her memory. They've created an original work for the stage, based in part on the book Kimberly's Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America's first Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle.

The book was created by Hampton's mother, Ann Hampton, and Greenville journalist Anna Simon.

Ann Hampton was at the opening night performance Friday and said the show is bittersweet.

"Her dad and I were so proud of her. I just want others to see the play and understand all that she did," said Hampton.

Additional performances of Kimberly's Flight are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be bought online here or by calling the theatre box office at 864-833-8317 Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

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