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Douglas L Cordo

Kingston, New York

August 19, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Pfc

1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Fort Wainwright, Alaska

 Killed in Zabul, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Pfc. DOUGLAS L. CORDO KINGSTON- Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo, United States Army died Friday August 19, 2011 in Zabul, Afghanistan. Doug was born in Kingston, on July 18, 1991. He attended Kingston Schools, and graduated from the Kingston High School, Class of 2009. He played junior varsity high school football, Kingston Little League, Babe Ruth and soccer. Doug took a great amount of pleasure in making people laugh, he loved to drive, liked fast cars, the New York Jets and the New York Yankees. He entered The United States Army in March of 2010. An infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team of The 25th Infantry Division based in Fort Wainwright , Alaska, Doug was contemplating a career in law enforcement, possibly with The New York State Police upon his discharge in approximately two years. ------------ Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of The Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston N.Y. (www. jvlea hyfh.com). Friends will be received at the funeral home Sunday evening 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral procession will form 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. at The Old Dutch Church, Main Street, Kingston. Burial with full military honors St. Remy Cemetery, St. Remy. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to: The Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o VFW Post 1386, P.O. Box 1711, Kingston, N.Y. 12402 or The Center for Spectrum Services, 70 Kukuk Lane, Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Additional funeral details will be posted on the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home website.

Published in The Daily Freeman on August 27, 2011
From The Daily Freeman dailyfreeman.com  08/20/11:

Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo of Kingston dies in Afghanistan
Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011
By Freeman Staff
KINGSTON – The Department of Defense announced late Saturday that Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo of Kingston was killed in action in Zabul, Afghanistan, during an enemy attack.

Cordo, 20, died on Friday from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Cordo was a member of the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Further details about Cordo’s death and obituary information were not available.

Fallen soldier ‘wanted to be right out’ on front lines

By Susan Campriello
The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Tracy Karson, the mother of Army Pvt. 1st Class Douglas L. Cordo, said she hopes her son’s body will be home in the coming days.

Cordo, a Kingston native, died Aug. 19 of injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit patrolled the Zabul Province village of Shah Joy in Afghanistan.

Cordo was an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division, out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Days after Cordo’s death, Karson, 43, of Hurleyville, Sullivan County, expressed mixed feelings about the departure of American troops from Afghanistan and the continuing conflict there.

“I want it to end. I want to bring those guys home,” she said. “But what’s the alternative?”

Karson said she does not want America to experience another 9/11-type attack or for fighting to take place in the United States. Karson said she has discussed the drawdown of troops and her mixed feelings with an Army major assigned to her.

Cordo arrived in Afghanistan for a yearlong tour in April, and would not have been among the troops to leave by the end of this year.

Cordo was expected to return home for 15 days in mid-September, Karson said.

He had returned in March and attended her wedding, and had traveled from Fort Wainwright for Christmas, she said.

Karson and Cordo’s father, also named Douglas Cordo, of Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, said their son was a natural leader and had wanted to join the military as a child.

Karson said her son discussed with her his desire to join the Army or the Marines after he briefly attended SUNY Ulster.

Cordo grew up in Kingston and graduated from Kingston High School in 2009.

Karson said she supported her son’s decision to join the Army in 2010 “100 percent.”

However, she wished that he had joined to do something away from the front line instead of the infantry, she said.

“He wanted to be right out there,” she said.
‘There’s nothing you can really say about this’

By Emily Stewart
The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Army Pfc. Douglas L. Cordo was laid to rest Aug. 31 in St. Remy Cemetery following a funeral service at the Old Dutch Church.

Cordo, 20, a Kingston native, died Aug. 19 of injuries he sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit patrolled the Zabul province village of Shah Joy.

Cordo was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Four of Cordo’s friends and a friend’s mother spoke at the funeral, recollecting antics and stories about a class clown — and sometime troublemaker — who put his friends before girls and transformed into a brave soldier who died for his country.

“There’s just so many stories,” said Mike Campbell, 21. “There’s nothing you can really say about this. It’s something — all you can do is think about it.”

A crowd stood somberly in front of the uptown post office, across the street from the church.

Troy Boutilette, 43, watched as six Army pallbearers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point carried Cordo’s flag-draped coffin. Boutilette said he served with the Marines in Afghanistan in 2003-04.

“These kids are making a big sacrifice,” he said. “He had his whole life ahead of him.”

Michelle Elise and her daughter, Sylvan Garesche, 6, each held a small American flag. Elise said she didn’t know Cordo but felt compassion for his mother after reading about the death in newspapers.

“He was an only child,” she said.

About three dozen motorcycle riders accompanied the funeral procession. Most were members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder, two groups that support fallen service members.

“We’re believers in freedom,” said Mike Kubiak, 52, a Patriot Guard Rider. “And they gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.”

Cordo arrived in Afghanistan in April for a yearlong tour. He would not have been among the troops scheduled to leave by the end of this year.

His family said he intended to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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