Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Justin J Duffy

Cozad, Nebraska

June 2, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army Sgt 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, Nebraska

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Sgt. Justin J. Duffy 

Justin J. Duffy had a knack for easing tensions between others. He was the kind of guy who was successful at anything he tried and was quick to jump in when needed, said his father, Joseph. "When there''s a job to do, he was the first one there," he said. Duffy, 31, of Cozad, Neb., died June 2 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to Fort Bragg. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a criminal justice degree. He had served since November in Iraq, providing escort security for a general and other high-ranking Army officers. As a bar bouncer, he gently took keys from people who had too much to drink or diffused angry situations with a calm word. Sgt. Robert Pangaro, Duffy''s best friend from Fort Bragg, told mourners about how Duffy used to find him during the darkest days of Army special forces training and slip a piece of food or a kind look his way. Duffy was originally from Moline, Ill., though moved to Cozad with his family while in the sixth grade. He graduated from high school in 1995. He also is survived by his mother, Janet. 

Published online on June 4, 2009

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