WVa remembers man killed in Afghan crash

By the Associated Press | August 21, 2011 | 7:45 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians are honoring a highly decorated member of the Navy who was among 30 U.S. servicemen killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

A private memorial was held Sunday in Parkersburg for Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null.

People lined the street outside Parkersburg South High School with the service inside. Many held American flags.

The 30-year-old Wood County native was an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Bronze Stars, one with valor. He joined the Navy in 2000 and had been stationed in Virginia Beach since 2007, reporting to a SEAL team in 2009.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered state and U.S. flags lowered in memory of Null.