Sgt Daniel M. Cuka

Sgt Daniel M. Cuka

Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Death 4 Dec 2005 (aged 27)
Burial Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 12636062 · View Source
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Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka, 27, of Yankton, South Dakota died after two improvised explosive devices blew up near his Humvee in Baghdad.

Cuka leaves behind his wife, Melissa, and two children, ages 2 and 5.

A graduate of Yankton High School, he worked as a line cook at Yesterday's Cafe along with his future wife while in high school.

Owner Dan Trimble said news of Cuka's death was difficult to take.

"You hear about people dying, but this hits close to home," he said. "It's someone you knew."

Cuka was a hard worker who never said anything bad about anybody else, Trimble said.

"He had a reserved sense of humor," Trimble said. "It was not loud or obnoxious."

Wally Bosch, an assistant principal at Yankton High School for 19 years, remembered Cuka as a "nice kid who always had a smile on his face."

Teacher Paul Harens had Cuka in class at Yankton.
"He was a very fine, patriotic young man who was a credit to the community," Harens said.

**Thanks to Find A Grave contributor, Brad for fulfilling my photo request for Daniel Cuka.

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  • Added: 8 Dec 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12636062
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Daniel M. Cuka (24 Jun 1978–4 Dec 2005), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12636062, citing Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Rosie (contributor 46776899) .