Lakota grad dies in Yemen, but United States won't say how
Nov 11 2015
Officials said John Hamen died while he was detained in the country, which is presently in a civil war. Last week two unnamed contractors were "detained" at the airport in the Yemen capital city of Sanaa, which is controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels. Hamen had been working as a contractor in Yemen when he was detained October 20, his wife, Jen, posted on his Facebook page.
A cause of death has not been determined, Toner said, and no other details were released. "We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends". The United States provided "all possible consular assistance to the family", and that the United States relied on "third parties" to retrieve Hamen's remains. "I have lost the love of my life, my best friend, and my seven kids have lost the best dad ever".
His body will be returned to Dover, Delaware Air Force Base and he will be buried with full honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: "We have been informed by the State Department of the death of one of the contractors".
Facebook John Hamen, an Army veteran and father of seven children, died while in custody in Yemen for two weeks.
The John Hamen Memorial Fund, created by Cornish on GoFundMe to assist Hamen's family, had raised $15,215 of its $25,000 goal as of early Tuesday evening.
Hamen's LinkedIn profile lists his current occupations as "diplomatic support" and lists his former employment as United States special operations command, the United States army, and the Joint Communications Support Element.
Hamen, a retired Army Master Sergeant, served multiple military tours in Iraq, Qatar, Somalia and Bosnia during his lengthy service from 1990 to 2012, the Pilot added.