|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1983|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 2005|
SPC Dustin Allan Yancey, of Goose Creek, lost his life in action November 4, while serving with the Army in Baghdad, Iraq. He was slated to be out of Iraq around the first of December and home in January 2006.
Allan attended elementary schools in the Cedar Rapids, IA area. The army moved his family to South Carolina in 1991. He graduated from Goose Creek High in 2001 and was a member of Goose Creek High Chorus and JROTC.
He joined the Army in 2003 and was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, GA. He belonged to a special platoon called Top Flite, an elite group that provided security to military convoys. Allan was a wonderful young man who was proud to serve his country. In his last blog Allan wrote:
"We have driven hundreds of thousands of miles and we have been blown up and shot at hundreds of times and made many detours discovering new routes along the way in and around Baghdad. What we do here is for the safety of America, the freedom of Iraq and ourselves. I do my job for everyone and no one because I take pride in what I do, and it doesn't matter who it is helping as long as it helps, if only a little. I'm proud to be a part of the more than 33 soldier group that may not seem like it, but they are all elite people, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters. We are the backbone of our battalion. We are Top Flite Security and we secure the WORLD."
Allan comes home sooner than he had planned. He leaves behind his comrades in Iraq, his many friends in the USA, but most of all his family.
Survivors include his father SFC Tim Yancey and mother Anita Walton Yancey, two brothers Timothy and Robert and sister Kimberly of Goose Creek, sister Kelly Lee and niece Samantha of Lewes, DE, grandfather Orval Walton of Cedar Rapids, IA, grandmother Margaret Yancey of Cedar Rapids, several aunts and uncles, and many cousins in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas.
Allan was preceded in death by his grandmother Jane Walton and grandfather David Yancey.
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As a family, the Yancey's are united in one thought, how much they loved Allan who was nicknamed "The Most Advanced" by his buddies and commanding officers because of his driving/navigational skills as well as his abilities to tear apart and rebuild computers, play the guitar, and his talent with magic tricks.
Please pray for the safe return of all the men and women serving our country. We love you Allan. Our family is smaller, but our hearts are larger for having had you with us for 22 years. We all salute you. Until we all are together again, you are our guardian angel. Love, Mom and Dad, your Brothers and Sisters, Grandmother and Grandfather, aunts and uncles, cousins and niece.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60 Site 8256
Created by: Just another taphophile
Record added: Nov 08, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12289935