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Army Spc. Mitchell K. Daehling

Died May 14, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


24, of Dalton, Mass.; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; died May 14 in Sanjaray, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker, 29, of Hesperia, Calif., and Army Spc. William J. Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, Calif.

Fort Bliss to hold memorial for killed soldiers

The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — Fort Bliss officials and soldiers will honor three soldiers killed last week by the blast from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

The soldiers to be honored Wednesday are William Joseph Gilbert and Mitchell Kirk Daehling, both 24-year-old specialists, and 21-year-old Pfc. Cody J. Towse.

Also killed in the incident was Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker from Fort Stewart, Ga.

Soldiers from the "Bulldog Brigade" deployed to Southwest Asia in late fall 2012 to advise and mentor host nation police and protect coalition forces through security and mobility support operations.

Five other Fort Bliss soldiers were killed by a roadside blast in early May in Afghanistan.


Mass. soldier killed in Afghanistan returns home

The Associated Press

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of a soldier from Massachusetts killed in Afghanistan last week has been returned to Berkshire County.

The body of Army Spc. Mitchell Daehling was brought to a Pittsfield funeral home on Wednesday after landing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.

Calling hours for the 24-year-old Daehling are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at St. Agnes Church in Dalton. A funeral service with full military honors is scheduled for Friday morning at St. Agnes.

Daehling will be buried in Idaho next to his grandfather.

Daehling was among four U.S. soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device May 14.

The Dalton resident was a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School. He leaves behind a wife whom he married less than a year ago, his parents and two siblings.

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