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Dennis E Kancler

Brecksville, Ohio

July 31, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Marine Sgt

2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Herat province, Afghanistan.

5533.171 Sergeant Dennis E. Kancler Memorial Highway.
In addition to any other name prescribed in the Revised Code or otherwise, the road known as state route number eighty-two, commencing at the intersection of that route with interstate route seventy-seven and proceeding in an easterly direction to the boundary of the municipal corporation of Brecksville in Cuyahoga county, shall be known as the "Sergeant Dennis E. Kancler Memorial Highway."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.170,HB 325, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

From Marine Times marinecorpstimes.com 08/03/11:

3 MARSOC Marines, dog die in Afghan blaze
Aug. 3, 2011 - 06:00AM
By Andrew d
Three Marine Corps special operators died Sunday along with a military dog after their living quarters caught fire in western Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin, 29, Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler, 26, and Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle, 29, were killed in Herat province, according to a Defense Department news release issued late Wednesday. All three were assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command's 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

MARSOC officials said only that the men died in a "non-combat" incident, and that the matter is being investigated by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.

But other sources with knowledge of the mishap told Marine Corps Times that the men died in a house fire.

A fourth MARSOC Marine and an Army special operator sustained unspecified injures as a result of the incident, said Maj. Jeffrey Landis, a MARSOC spokesman. It's unclear whether they were evacuated from Afghanistan, he said.

A military dog also died in the incident, Landis said. He declined to comment on whether a fire caused the deaths.

Dolphin, of Moscow, Pa., worked as an element leader within the battalion, Landis said. He leaves behind a wife, according to media reports from his hometown.

Kancler, of Brecksville, Ohio, was a joint terminal attack controller. The son of Brecksville's former police chief, he left the Corps a few years ago before deciding to re-enlist, local media reported.

Wrinkle, of Dallastown, Pa., was a dog handler. He leaves behind a fiancée, according to local media.

Few details have emerged about the Marines' mission in Herat province. Security for the region, which borders Iran, transitioned from NATO to Afghan control in late July. Taliban and other groups opposed to government rule have been blamed for the abductions of well-known political and business leaders there, according to report on the province published late last year by the Naval Postgraduate School.

Corruption and rising violence between drug smugglers and Iranian operatives were cited as other security concerns.

Landis said the Marines were on a routine deployment. For MARSOC, that can mean a variety of missions, to include foreign internal defense — that is, "helping the government prosper and protect itself from insurgencies, lawlessness and subversion," he said.

"These were some multi-dimensional operators," Landis said. "They were carrying out the silent success we expect of Marines of this caliber."

From Northeast Ohio cleveland.com 08/04/11:

Marine Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler of Brecksville dies in Afghanistan
Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 7:51 AM Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 7:56 AM
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- Dennis E. Kancler, the son of former Brecksville Police Chief Dennis A. Kancler, died Sunday in Afghanistan, military officials confirmed Wednesday.
A Marine sergeant who had completed two tours in Iraq, Kancler, 26, died in a noncombat incident with two other Marines in Herat Province. The military offered no other information on the cause of their deaths.
Kancler; Staff Sgt. Patrick Dolphin, 29, of Moscow, Pa.; and Sgt. Christopher Wrinkle, 29, of Dallastown, Pa., were assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
Kancler was a "joint terminal attack controller," a highly skilled job in which Kancler ordered military firepower from the air or the ground, said Maj. Jeff Landis, a spokesman for the specials operations command.
Kancler, the father of a 3-year-old son, graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in 2003.
He reported to Parris Island in September of the same year, according to a 2008 chamber of commerce newsletter in Jacksonville, N.C., near where Kancler was based at Camp Lejeune.
Kancler was a private person who liked working out and spending time in the woods deer hunting, and he was hoping to finish his degree in sports medicine. He joined the Marines because he wanted to serve his country after the Sept. 11 attacks, he told the chamber of commerce newsletter.
Kancler's sisters, Colleen and Stephanie, are also in the Marines.
The family, who could not be reached for comment, this week drove to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet Kancler's body.
Former Brecksville Police Chief Kancler "was extremely proud of his son and daughters being in the military," current Police Chief Richard Mannarino said.
Mannarino said he spoke Monday morning to the elder Kancler, who said he was notified Sunday night of his son's death. Kancler retired in January after 21 years as chief.
Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home in Brecksville will handle the arrangements.

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