Fort Drum soldier dies at Landstuhl after Afghanistan attack

By GORDON BLOCK | Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times | Published: April 17, 2014

A Fort Drum soldier died Tuesday in Germany of wounds he suffered in a small-arms attack on his unit Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

According to a news release from the post, Spc. Kerry M.G. Danyluk, an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, was attacked in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

He was taken to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, where he died of his injuries.

Spc. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, joined the Army in 2010. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2013 and deployed with the unit in November. The deployment was the second of his career.

Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Master Driver Trainer Course, the Ranger Assessment Selection Program, the Airborne School and the Combatives Level 1 Course.

He is survived by his mother and father.

Spc. Danyluk is the second 10th Mountain Division soldier to die this year during a deployment. The first was Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, who died of unspecified non-combat-related injuries Feb. 10.

A soldier is silhouetted in front of the windows of Kandahar, Afghanistan's Fraise Chapel.


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