Friday, September 17, 2010

Army Spc. Deangelo B. Snow

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Deangelo B. Snow, 22, of Saginaw, Mich.

Spc. Snow was assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Sept. 17, 2010 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Snow remembered as being a talented artist
The Associated Press

SAGINAW, Mich. — A soldier from Saginaw who died when insurgents in Afghanistan attacked his vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade is being remembered as a talented artist with a big heart, his aunt said.

Spc. Deangelo B. Snow, 22, died Friday in Kandahar province, according to the Pentagon. Charlene McCall told The Saginaw News that her nephew was in the military to serve his country.

“He was very well-known, very polite people person,” McCall said. “He was loving, funny, loved to dance.”

Before being deployed in June to Afghanistan, McCall said Snow drew an image for his mother, Deloris Snow, of two hands pushed together in prayer. Dangling from the fingers is a dog tag necklace bearing his name.

His mother made the image into a tattoo on her leg. McCall said it was one of her nephew’s last gifts to her.

“He was a loving brother, nephew, cousin, grandson, son, friend,” McCall said.

Snow’s death came nearly a year after his father, Barnell Amos, 35, died after a robbery gone awry in Saginaw. A 9-year-old boy also was killed the Sept. 21, 2009, robbery. The case remains unsolved,

Snow had seven brothers and seven sisters between the families of his father and mother. He was engaged to be married.

Snow joined the military a year after graduating high school, McCall said. He was assigned to the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Spc. De'Angelo Snow died [September 17th] when a roadside bomb exploded.

He graduated from Buena Vista High School in 2008.

Snow's family spoke about his life and legacy.

The veteran's prized car sits outside his mother's house draped with flags and balloons. His mother, Deloris Snow, proudly wears a shirt that honors his sacrifice.

She says her son joined the military for a better life. "When he saw that things was getting rough out here, he said, 'Momma, I could do something with myself,'" she said.

Deloris says her son's death came as shock. He had just left for Afghanistan in June. "That's my first son. That's my baby, but I'm proud of my baby."

Cousin Cynthia Ballard remembers Snow as one of a kind. "Artistic, kind-hearted, mannerable, loving."

De'Angelo's family says he had a true talent. These are drawings his mother saved from his junior high years. One picture shows a woman crying with the Twin Towers in the reflection of her glasses.

De'Angelo's family hopes his commitment to his country will inspire others.

"I want him to shine out here to make everybody see that these kids could grow up to be somebody, and they could do something with themself," Deloris said.

Before De'Angelo left, he gave his mom one last gift-a picture of praying hands with dog tags draped over them. "I guess that was his sign that momma I'm okay. And that's how I take it. I look at it he's OK. I know where he's at."

Army Spc. Deangelo B. Snow was killed in action on 9/17/10.

No comments: