CHESTERFIELD COUNTY – Community leaders and government officials joined family and friends of fallen Soldier Cpl. William Kyle Middleton at a street dedication ceremony here Sept. 21.
A road in Huguenot Park located on the northwest side of the county was officially named Kyle Middleton Way, honoring the heroic young man who graduated from L.C. Bird High School and played soccer on the sports field nearby. Middleton was a graduate of Old Dominion University. He worked in the Norfolk area before joining the Army in 2009.
At the time of his death, Middleton was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He had been deployed to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan for about six months when he lost his life on Nov. 22, 2010, during an insurgent attack on his unit with an improvised explosive device. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Middleton is a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart recipient. His other awards and decorations for meritorious service include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Air Assault Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.
After his death, battle buddies expressed their admiration for Middleton, specifically pointing out his devotion to duty, commitment to fellow Soldiers and compassion for the people of Afghanistan.
Family members and hometown acquaintances remembered Kyle as fierce competitor on the soccer field. He started playing at an early age, even traveling to Europe to compete, and longed to play professionally until a knee injury sidelined him. Following his death, a donation was made by his family to FC Richmond Soccer Club to build a pavilion in his honor at the Huguenot Park soccer fields. His name will now mark the road leading into that area.
“It’s just fitting for this sign to be on a road that leads to Kyle's Pavilion in Huguenot Park where he played soccer growing up,” said his stepmother Diane Middleton during the ceremony. “It just could not be more perfect.”
In remarks at the event, Leslie Haley, vice chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Midlothian District, expressed her pride of the moment. “Naming this road in honor of Kyle is a fitting memorial both to his love of this country and commitment to military service,” she said. “Young people and their families will see Kyle’s name and remember him with gratitude for his bravery.”