Skip to comments.U.S. Army soldier from Jersey City killed in Afghanistan
Posted on 06/03/2012 8:02:07 AM PDT by SMGFan
Army Pfc. LeRoy DeRonde III was coming into his own, distancing himself from a hard-luck childhood and stepping up to take care of his family.
The 22-year-old Jersey City man saw the military as a way to do that, his family said, in a plan that began to form eight years ago when his mother, Elizabeth, died of cancer. Her absence shook the familys foundation and then profoundly galvanized her eldest son.
"He realized he was going to put the family on his shoulders. The military was his calling to do that financially," DeRondes cousin, Jason Owen, said last night outside the soldiers familys apartment on West Side Avenue. "From the time he decided that it was full steam ahead." But DeRonde was one of two soldiers killed on May 27 when their unit was attacked in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said today. DeRonde, assigned to the 125th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss Texas, died in the Wardak District in central Afghanistan. DeRonde is at least the 44th service member with ties to New Jersey to be killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. An additional 102 service members from New Jersey have died in Iraq since 2003.
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Prayers for his family and friends.
He is a hero and inspiration.
We’ve lost way too many of our guys there in the past several years under inept leadership.
Sad story. God Bless Mr. Deronde and his family. May the Lord give them peace.
Prayers for him and his loved ones.
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