Saturday, March 29, 2008

Army Cpl. Durrell L. Bennett

Remember Our Heroes

Army Cpl. Durrell L. Bennett, 22, of Spanaway, Wash.

Cpl. Bennett was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died March 29, 2008 in Baghdad from wounds sustained when he encountered an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. Also killed was Pfc. Patrick J. Miller.

The News Tribune -- Spc. Durrell L. Bennett’s tour of duty in Iraq was supposed to end Friday, his father said.

The 22-year-old Spanaway solider was killed Saturday in Baghdad after encountering an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, the Department of Defense reported Tuesday. He was in the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

He was one of two state service members to die in Iraq over the weekend.

Bennett, who attended Bethel High, had recently re-enlisted and planned to return to the area and share an apartment with his 18-year-old brother.

“He had so many friends,” said his dad, Dempsey Bennett. “Everybody knew Durrell.”

Throughout high school Durrell Bennett wrote songs and wanted to be a music producer. His dad urged him to hit the books and focus on more practical pursuits, he said.

“In his high school years, he and I would battle about that,” Dempsey Bennett said. “But he was determined.”

Durrell Bennett’s MySpace page reads: “Most of my spare time i love to do music thats my first love, im not tryin too make it big or anything like evrybody else. This is just a hobbie, but if it happens i wont complain.”

Army Cpl. Durrell L. Bennett was killd in action on 3/29/08.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had the honor of meeting Durrell during my tour in Iraq and he was the most kind, respectful, man in that infantry unit. Most infantry guys act all tough and dont have respect for the support battalion. I was a cook and was able to cook for Durrell along with the other soldiers outside the FOB. I remember one of the last times I saw Durrell he was doing what he loved best making beats and making up raps with the other soldiers. I will never forget the day Durrell passed away only a few days before we went home. I am so sorry for his family and friends for their loss of such a great person/soldier. Rip Durrell. I still got that cd you made me! :)