Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr

Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr

Birth
Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Death 21 Mar 2007 (aged 36)
Iraq
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Sec 89A Row A Site 15
Memorial ID 18559377 · View Source
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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


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 23 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18559377
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Darrell Ray Griffin, Jr (13 Mar 1971–21 Mar 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18559377, citing Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .