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Corp David Michael "Dave" Sonka
Birth: Nov. 28, 1989
Colorado, USA
Death: May 4, 2013
Farah, Afghanistan

Age: 23
Home: Parker, Colorado
Marital status: Married
Military service:
~ Joined Marines, Aug 2008
~ Attended Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
~ Attended Military Working Dog Handler Basic Course, Lakcland Air Force Base, Texas
~ Assigned III Marine Expeditionary Force K9 Section, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California
~ Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
~ Assigned to Marine Special Operations Combat Support Battalion, Marine Special Operations Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
~ Completed Special Operations Training Course, and Multi-Purpose Canine Course Phase I and Phase II
~ Attached as a Multi-Purpose Canine Handler to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion
~ Military awards: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon

Cause of death: Hostile small arms fire

Dave's multi-purpose canine, Flex, was also killed in the attack while the dog was attempting to save Sonka. Also killed in the "insider attack" by an Afghan soldier was Sgt Eric D Christian, 39, of Warwick, New York.

The remains were returned to US soil on 7 May 2013.

A candlelight memorial service was held on 12 May 2013 at Chaparral High School where Dave was involved in wrestling and cross-country prior to his graduation in 2008.

My cousin's grandson

Paternal Grandfather: Robert Allan "Bob" Sonka

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Burial:
Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Section L, Site 588
 
Created by: J F-B
Record added: May 05, 2013
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