Born in October of 1974, Darren LaBonte grew up in Southwest Connecticut, where he attended Brookfield High School and excelled in football and baseball. According to his father; Darren turned down a shot at professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians and instead opted for the Army after graduating from high school.
He enlisted in 1992 and found himself in Fort Benning, GA attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program as a Mortarman. After successfully completing the program, he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion out of Savannnah, GA. He stayed for two enlistments and ended up leaving the military in 2000 after eight honorable years of service.
Darren was newly married working as a police officer in Illinois when the terror attacks on September 11th occurred. Unable to sit on the sidelines, he decided to to continue serving his country and “make things right,” according to his father.
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http://blogsofwar.com/2012/12/29/theodore-w-weaver-remembering-khost-three-years-later/ via Nada Bakos twitter feed.
Thank you for your service Darren.
Great write up. He had the job I would love to have.
This quote says it ALL..... We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand READY in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us... George Orwell Great read, many thanks and take care...
Solid dude and a solid write-up. Thanks Iassen.