Thursday, March 31, 2011

Army Spc. Dennis C. Poulin

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, 26, of Cumberland, R.I.

Spc Poulin was assigned to 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, Milford, Mass.; died March 31, 2011 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained March 28 in Konar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat incident.

SPC Poulin, serving with the Massachusetts National Guard, died from injuries he sustained in a non-combat related accident. Poulin was a gunner in a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle when it rolled over on March 28, 2011. Poulin was severely injured. He was then taken to a base in Germany to be treated and later died there on Thursday, March 31st.

His mother and sister were flown to Germany to say goodbye to their son and brother earlier this week and just touched back down in the U.S. Saturday evening.

His mother said he loved his country, but he needed work and benefits for the 5-year-old son he was planning to see when came home on leave in two weeks.

Specialist Poulin had been in Afghanistan since July 2010. "It's still so hard for me to know that my baby's not coming home. I can't figure it out, not when he was so close, so close to coming home," Poulin said.

Poulin's mom holds on even tighter to a son's gift that reads, "We do not remember days; we remember moments."
"Remember mom, I love you and we remember the good times," Poulin said.

His mother said he donated several organs that saved or helped seven people. His body is still in Germany. Information about Poulin's services has not yet been released.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Specialist Poulin are currently under investigation.

SPC Poulin is survived by his mother, a sister and his son.

Army Spc. Dennis C. Poulin died from a non-combat related accident on 3/31/11.

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