Saturday, March 12, 2011

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, 36, of Watertown, Conn.

SFC Park was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died March 12, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

A graduate of Watertown High School, Park enlisted in the Army in 1998 as an infantryman. He earned his ranger qualification tab in 2000, then deployed to Iraq in 2003 as a rifle squad leader, according to the Army.

In 2006, Park completed a course to join the Army's Special Forces and was assigned to his current unit as a Special Forces communications sergeant. He served in Bangladesh, Iraq, the Philippines, Cambodia, India and Afghanistan.

Park received numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Mi Kyong Park, daughters Niya and Sadie, parents Joseph and Bonnie Schneider of Thomaston, and sister and brother, Katie and Saejin of Watertown, according to the Army. He lived in Lacey, Wash.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park was killed in action on 3/12/11.

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