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Spc. Daniel A. Desens Jr., Killed Jun. 24, 2004, 24th Infantry Division, 30th Enhanced Separate Brig

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

24th Infantry Division Soldier Killed in Iraq

RALEIGH – A North Carolina Army National Guard soldier was killed on Thursday, June 24, near Baqubah, Iraq, during a firefight when Iraqi insurgents attacked his Bradley Armored Vehicle with small arms and rocket propelled grenades.

Killed was Spc. Daniel Alan Desens Jr., of Jacksonville, N.C. An infantryman, Desens was assigned to Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry headquartered in Wilmington. Five other soldiers were hurt in the attack.

"We are greatly saddened by the loss of Capt. Cash and Spc. Desens they were outstanding soldiers serving their country and paid the ultimate price for the freedom of our country said Col. William T. Boyd, chief of staff of the North Carolina National Guard. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families in this time of grief."

Desens entered federal active service on Oct. 1, 2003, when his unit was activated as part of the call-up of the 30th HSB, headquartered in Clinton. The brigade, made up of nearly 5,000 soldiers, 3,800 from North Carolina armories, departed Ft. Bragg, N.C., for Iraq from Feb. 23 through Mar. 1. Part of the 1st Infantry Division while on duty in Southwest Asia, the unit will spend 18 months on active duty, 12 months of that in the Iraqi theater.

Desens joined the North Carolina National Guard in Nov. 2001.