USMA grad killed in Afghanistan

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  1. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

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    1LT Daren M. Hidalgo from Pennsylvania was killed in action on 20 February 2011 near Mama Kiriz, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. 1LT Hidalgo was assigned to G Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Germany.

    LT Hidalgo is the 83rd USMA graduate to perish in combat operations in Southwest Asia since Sept. 11, 2001.

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    patentesq Parent 5-Year Member

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    This is very, very sad news.
     
  3. Dixieland

    Dixieland 5-Year Member

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    Very tragic, upsetting news. Thoughts and prayers for his family.
     
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    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

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    Sad news indeed.
    Lt Hidalgo, Dallastown, PA; was a second generation West Pointer. His father was a graduate and two older brothers also graduated and are still serving.
    Well done, Lieutenant. Be thou at Peace.

    From 2/20/2005, The York Daily Record:
    http://www.gametimepa.com/ci_17443440?source=rss

     
  5. Lynpar

    Lynpar 5-Year Member

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    Anyone else notice those dates are exactly six years apart. I have a lump in my throat and a ache in my heart.
     
  6. buff81

    buff81 Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Thanks JAM for the personal touch. It's nice to know something about the soldiers killed in action so that they are not just a number.
    Heart wrenching.
    Thoughts and prayers for his family.
     
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    BR2011 10-Year Member

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    I played in a collegiate racquetball league with him when he was at West Point. Absolutely a great guy, always smiling and making people laugh. He will be missed.
     
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    His passing was announced at breakfast this morning before "take seats". After a minute of silence, the entire Corps sang the last line of the Alma Mater:

    And when our work is done,
    Our course on earth is run,
    May it be said, 'Well Done;
    Be Thou At Peace.'
    E'er may that line of gray
    Increase from day to day,
    Live, serve, and die, we pray,
    West Point, for thee.
     
  9. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team" 5-Year Member

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    Very sad, a depressing way to start the week...may he RIP
     
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    onee 5-Year Member

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    Many thanks for his service to our country. My heart is saddened and heavy. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Thank you for sharing your son with all of us. Thank you for your service to our great country.
     
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    Thank You Hidalgo Family.

    "In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast."

    General Douglas MacArthur's Farewell Speech to the Corps of Cadets, 12 May 1962.


    Thank you for your son and his selfless service to our nation. God bless your entire family at this time.


    Fred Hellwig, USA RET, USMA 1981
    Regimental Adjutant / SXO, 3rd SQDN 2nd ACR, 1993-95
     
  12. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The loss of any service member hits all of us in uniform, regardless of their service branch.

    The loss of a classmate will hit extra hard among the USMA Class of '09...but they'll "Charlie Mike" and will honor their classmate in their own way, as he would wish.

    Among the AF crowd...we have a simple statement we put in e-mails as our simple sign of honor. It comes from the third verse of the Air Force song, which we sing after every football game (and other sports as well). It honors ALL who serve and have served.

    "A toast!"

    So tonight after duty, I will join many friends in green bags at the squadron and we will hoist our glasses:

    "1 Lt Daren Hidalgo, USMA Class of 2009: A TOAST!"

    Those glasses will then be destroyed as nothing better can be done with them.

    "A toast!"

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     

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