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Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1971
Stockton
San Joaquin County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 2007, Iraq

Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin of Alhambra, Calif., attended Roosevelt Elementary and Fremont Middle schools in Stockton before the family moved to Southern California. The former emergency medical technician joined the military in April 1999, serving in the Army National Guard before reporting to Fort Lewis in July 2001. Darrell was 6 feet 4 inches tall and solid muscle. When he was deployed to Iraq for a second time last summer, he brought with him the works of philosophers Kant, Hume and Plato, along with his beloved King James Bible. And Griffin penned 400 pages of his own book, thoughts about the war and his experiences in it. He said all those boots on the ground have flesh and blood in them. He wanted to relate what the philosophers say about war, and what man can do to man. He had already received a Bronze Star for valor in an earlier deployment in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for saving the lives of three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi Army soldiers injured during the Battle of Tal Afar in September 2005. Darrell died at age 36 in Balad, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with small-arms fire during combat operations. When Darrell was killed, he was in the middle of writing a book. Tentatively titled The Great Conversation, it was an attempt to describe and make sense of the terrible violence he'd witnessed in Iraq. His father, Darrell Griffin, Sr., was going to help him finish writing it when he returned home. In the aftermath of Darrel's untimely death, Darrell, Sr. vowed to finish the book himself. The finished project was titled, 'Last Journey, A Father and Son in Wartime' was published in June 2009.

Army
2nd Battalion
3rd Infantry Regiment
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis, Washington 
 
Burial:
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Sec 89A Row A Site 15
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Mar 23, 2007
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Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr, remembering you on Memorial Day, 2014.
- Algernon and Conan Together on the Rainbow Bridge
 Added: May. 25, 2014
Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr, remembering you on your seventh angel day in heaven. You are missed by your family and friends.
- Algernon and Conan Together on the Rainbow Bridge
 Added: Mar. 21, 2014

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