The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
For more information, media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-8286. DoD News Release
"The tears didn't come right away. I think I was in a state of shock. I knew his condition, and I prayed for him. My whole family prayed for him everyday," Tilghman said.
She said she found about his passing on Wednesday, and has had a tough time coming to terms with it.
A relative of Danyluk said the mother is currently in Germany and is making plans on bringing the body back to the United States. Cross Roads Today
Danyluk graduated from Yoakum High School in 2004 and on Thursday, his former teachers and coaches got word about his death.
"When this happens, it hits you in the gut," said Danyluk's former baseball coach, Tim Blakeney. "It's a tough thing to take."
"He was a very hard worker," said Blakeney. "He hadn't played baseball here all four years, but he made himself into a very good first baseman, a very good defensive first baseman. He was not afraid to put in what it took to become good at what he wanted to do, and he became someone we could count on to do the job." KSAT
Coach Bobby Vick said Danyluk was a natural leader.
"For sure, he was where the action was because he was one of those type of kids that you could depend on. That's the kind of kid you want taking care of your country," Vick said. "When I found out about it, it really did floor me. It's just real sad."
Danyluk was a first baseman on Yoakum's varsity baseball team in high school, where he worked hard and stayed out of trouble, said Tim Blakeney, a math teacher and assistant baseball coach at Yoakum High School. VictoriaAdvocate
Danyluk's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Master Driver Trainer Course, the Ranger Assessment Selection Program, the Airborne School and the Combatives Level 1 Course.I Got the News Today is a diary series intended to honor, respect and remind. Diaries about the fallen usually appear two days after their names are officially released, which allows time for the IGTNT team to find and tell their stories. All of the U.S. fatalities can be seen here and here. They all had loved ones, families and friends. The DoD news releases are here.
Danyluk is survived by his mother and father. MilitaryTimes
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