Marion County native has died in Afghanistan

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By The Staff

Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., a 2000 Marion County High School graduate, died Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Sigley was 28 years old. He was serving in Afghanistan with a Kentucky National Guard Unit based in Richmond, Ky., according to his stepfather, Al Hardin of Lebanon.

According to Sigley's Facebook page, he was a former U.S. Marine. He was a student at Eastern Kentucky University, where he was pursuing a major in Homeland Security and a minor in environmental health sciences.

Hardin said little information had been released at this time.

Bosley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

According to a press release from the Kentucky Army National Guard, Sigley was found dead in his quarters Sunday. The cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation, according to the press release.

Sigley was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2123rd Transportation Company. 

"The death of Sgt. Sigley is a tremendous loss to us all," said Capt. John Moore, the commanding officer of Sigley's unit.  "His professionalism, selfless service, and devotion was contagious to all who served with him. Randy was not only a great soldier but a fantastic human being who cared deeply for his fellow brothers and sisters in arms. He was a true patriot who loved his country, state and unit."

Sigley joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2006. From 2000-2004, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He previously served a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines.

"The entire Kentucky National Guard is saddened by the news of Sgt. Sigley's death," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky. "We want recognize in particular Randy's family as they grieve for the loss of

this wonderful son and brother. They are part of our Kentucky National Guard family and so we extend to them all of the assistance and support in our power."

Sigley is survived by his mother, Rhonda L. Hardin, his stepfather, Alton A. Hardin and his sister, Kristin Mattingly.

More than 12,000 Kentucky Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed since September 11, 2001.  Sigley is the eighteenth Kentucky National Guard Soldier to die while deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. He is the

fourth to die in Afghanistan.

"Sgt. Sigley's family is in our thoughts and prayers as we grieve his loss," Moore said.  "He was a fine soldier and a Kentuckian in the true pioneer spirit."