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Captain John Robert Teal, VMI Class of 1994

Teal The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the combat death of Captain John Robert Teal, United States Army Medical Service Corps, VMI Class of 1994 on Thursday 23 October 2003 just north of Baghdad, Iraq. The vehicle in which Captain Teal was riding was destroyed by an improvised explosive device detonated by an unknown terrorist in an ambush. Captain Teal was killed instantly.

Captain Teal was a 1990 graduate of Benedictine High School in Richmond, Virginia and was graduated from VMI in May 1994 with a BA degree in History, at which time he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. An extremely well-liked and colorful member of the Class of 1994, Teal served on the staff of The Cadet, and was an active member of the Army National Guard during his cadetship.

Teal entered VMI from Mechanicsville, Virginia, but called Montpelier, Virginia home at the time of his death. He is survived by his parents and a married sister.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Montpelier on Monday, 3 November at 7:00 p.m., with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, 4 November at 2:00 p.m. The Virginia flag has flown at half-staff in his honor since notification of his death, and will continue to be flown thus until after his interment.

Both Governor Mark R. Warner and former Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh paid tribute to Captain Teal's sacrifice in remarks made at the 28-30 October Governor's Homeland security Conference, citing Captain Teal as a prime example of selfless sacrificial service to others.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in their son's memory to The Class of 1994 John R Teal Memorial Scholarship Fund, to be set up at the VMI Foundation, Incorporated.