Michigan native who died in Iraq was due home in two months
A Germany-based soldier killed in Iraq on Tuesday has been identified by the Department of Defense as Spc. Andrew P. Daul, a member of the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment.
Daul, a 21-year-old native of Brighton, Mich., died in Hit of injuries suffered when a makeshift bomb detonated near his Abrams tank during combat operations. He was the seventh soldier from his battalion to die in combat in Iraq since deploying in January.
A memorial for Daul has been set for Jan. 8, at 4 p.m., in the Ray Barracks chapel, Friedberg, Germany.
“He was involved in many good deeds, restoring schools and resurrecting streets, the wonderful things we don’t get to experience,” his mother, Kathy Daul, told a Michigan television station.
Earlier in the deployment, Daul was manning a checkpoint when he witnessed a huge explosion that ignited a nearby vehicle with two civilians inside, according to the Ann Arbor News in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Daul leapt from his tank and pulled the civilians from the burning car. He breathed life back into one of the victims; the other could not be revived, according to the newspaper.
“Everyone is very, very proud of Andrew,” his father, Michael Daul, told the Ann Arbor News. “Even though we always knew this is something that could happen, it’s still shocking. We felt he was in a relatively safe place, if there is such a thing in Iraq.”
With less than two months remaining on his second Iraq tour and about six months left before his scheduled departure from the military, Daul was looking forward to life as a civilian, his dad said.
Daul was an avid bodybuilder and planned to pursue a career in fitness or nutrition after leaving the Army, his father said.
“He wanted to buy a home and start his life,” he told the Ann Arbor News. “He felt he’d had enough. All he talked about in recent months was his upcoming discharge.”