Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Dariek E Dehn

Spangle, Washington

June 2, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
32 Army Sgt

6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Sharkat, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.

Patriot Guard Riders Arriving To Honor Sgt Dehn

June 16, 2007 Spokane, Washington

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From The Spokesman Review SpokesmanReview.com 06/15/07:

Sgt. U.S. Army, entered into rest on June 2, 2007 while proudly serving his country in Iraq. Dariek was born August 17, 1974 in Spokane, WA to David and Marilyn Dehn. He grew up in Spangle, WA with his two brothers and three sisters and graduated from Liberty High School in 1993. Dariek's dedication and passion to help others inspired him to serve with the U.S. Army for the past 5 ˝ years. While serving overseas, he met and married his wife, Mannylyn of 2 ˝ years. Dariek was proud to be a soldier and found direction in serving his country. He strongly believed in the job he was doing and unselfishly made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We will always remember Dariek for his awesome sense of humor and contagious smile. He was compassionate and caring and always wore his heart on his sleeve. Dariek cared very much for his entire family and especially loved spending time playing with his many nieces and nephews. Dariek had many passions in life, including the outdoors, sports, helping his father, Dave, work on project cars, and spending time with the people he cared about the most. Dariek is survived by his wife, Mannylyn; his parents, David and Marilyn Dehn of Spokane; brothers Dale Dehn of Spokane, and David Dehn, Jr of Fort Hood, TX; sisters Sandy McTaggart of Cheney, WA, Terri Danielson of Spokane, and Sherri Jeske of Yelm, WA; five nephews and four nieces and many other relatives. We would like to express our gratitude to all family, friends and well wishers who have shown their support during this difficult time, your compassion and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home. Relatives, friends and community supporters are invited to attend.

Dariek will always remain in 
our hearts as our hero.

Family remember soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

During his last visit home on leave, Army Sgt. Dariek E. Dehn told close relatives about the danger of military service in Iraq and some close calls he’d had.

“That was kind of his way of preparing if something was to happen,” said his sister, Sherri Jeske. “We were just thankful to spend the time that we did with him.”

Dehn, 32, of Spangle, Wash., was killed June 2 in Sharqat, Iraq, by an explosive. He was a 1993 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

“We will always remember Dariek for his awesome sense of humor and contagious smile,” his family said in an obituary. “He was compassionate and caring and always wore his heart on his sleeve.”

He liked playing sports and snowboarding, but he didn’t really find direction in his life until enlisting in the Army six years ago, Jeske said. “The Army formed a direction for him, he was really proud of being a soldier,” she said.

He enlisted in 2002 and served in Korea, where he met his future wife, Mannylyn. “We’re very proud of Dariek. He’s always had an awesome sense of humor and a contagious smile,” said his sister.

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