Friday, November 18, 2011

Army Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner, 21, of Moline, Ill.

Pfc. Dobereiner was assigned to 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.; died Nov. 18, 2011 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Pfc Dobereiner was killed three days before his 22nd birthday. He was on a vital mission to free two villages from Taliban control when the vehicle he was driving in encountered an IED. Two other soldiers were injured by the blast.

Pfc Dobereiner graduated from Moline High School in 2008, where he wrestled and played on the football team. He joined the Army in January 2011, reported to Fort Hood in May and deployed to Afghanistan in June. He served as a combat engineer. His brother, Christopher, also served in Army and sister, Ann Marie, who is serving as well.

He was engaged to Jenna Schmidt and was to be married on January 3, 2012

“He was a great kid,” Moline wrestling coach James Ealy. “I coached him my first two years there, his junior and senior year. He was an extremely hard worker, and what he lacked in athletic ability, he made up for in guts, hard work and determination. His senior year, he missed a good part of the season with a concussion. He never backed up. He just kept moving forward, always fighting to the bitter end.“

"They say everybody dies, but not everybody lives. At 21 years Adam Dobereiner got a lot of life in. I'm going to do my part to make sure people remember him and what he did," said Ealy.

“You always hear that question about the guy you’d want in a foxhole,” Ealy said. “It would be Adam Dobereiner.“

Pfc Dobereiner's awards and decorations include:
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon

Pfc Dobereiner was laid to rest in Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.

Pfc Dobereiner is survived by his parents, Lee Ann and Christopher; siblings, Christopher, Helen, Ann Marie; fiancee, Jenna.

Army Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner was killed in action on 11/18/11.

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