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Honoring and Remembering:
Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion Rashun Roberts
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Day is done...Gone the sun
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From the hills...
From the sky.
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23 of North Chicago, Illinois
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Dion Roberts was a 2005 graduate of North Chicago High School where he excelled in volleyball and tennis, was a member of the finance club and in the Navy's Junior ROTC program. Flags at the school flew at half staff on Monday and students held a moment of silence upon learning the news of Robert's death.
Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Roberts, 25, of North Chicago, Ill., died Sept. 22, as a result of a single vehicle accident in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was assigned to an East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit. ~ DoD News Release
Eric Gallagher, school principal:
Eric was a team leader, a motivator. He was very well-liked among his peers. Teachers felt that he had great character and was a really friendly kid.Commander Raymond Scott, former Junior ROTC supervisor:
He had the right stuff and he was dedicated. He was in the top of his class and he was determined to complete and be the best that he could.Former volleyball coach, Edward Wrather said:
I think he went the way he would have wanted to go which is honoring country.
"We were all so different but together we had that energy," said Antoine Gilmore, friend.Thomas Ulbert, a retired journalism and yearbook instructor at North Chicago High School said Roberts was "the cream of the crop" and began a Dion Roberts Tribute Page on Facebook on Tuesday which quickly began filling up with accolades for this exceptional young man.
"We kept our heads on straight, we did a lot of community service with ROTC," said Aamin Stokes, friend.
Dion was a Sailor's Sailor. We are so proud of him! Thomas Ulbert
"A good student with a sharp sense of humor and winsome ways with a twinkle in his eyes, Dion has enriched our lives. May he now move on to his rich reward. Proud to be an American. Proud to be in the Navy. Proud to have served his country, giving his ALL. We, ALL of us, are proud of you: a son, a brother, and a friend to many." Sarah Holbrook, retired NCCHS English teacher
Dion's sister, Jaleesa Roberts, 21, was at home with her mother on Sunday morning when officers delivered the news of her brother's death in a training accident. Jaleesa said the family was expecting Dion, an only son, back home in November.
Hearing about his death was devastating and Jaleesa said she would miss his smile and his spirit most of all.
He never took life for granted. He had been to Bahrain. He would say that I better be grateful for what I have because a lot of people don’t have half of what I have, not a quarter of what I have.She added that his unit had reported that Dion was a jokester:
They told us he embraced everything they threw at him.Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Robert's funeral is set for Monday, October 1st at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Waukegan, IL.
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