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Dusty Reed Goodro

Custer, South Dakota

May 31, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Army  

 

 Died in a car accident while in Roy, Washington.

From Rapid City Journal 06/04/06:

Dusty Reed Goodro, age 24, a native Custer citizen, died May 31, 2006 in Roy,
Washington. Dusty Reed Goodro was born Nov. 11, 1981, in Custer, S.D. He
graduated in 2000 from Custer High School. He worked and enjoyed a few
months in Boulder, Mont., before his enlistment in the Army in March of
2001. Dusty graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry Training Brigade on
June 22, 2001. He finished his Airborne course on Aug. 10, 2001. He then
continued his extensive training in the 75th Ranger Regimental Training
Detachment on Oct. 26, 2001. His final completion of training and
becoming a Ranger was on Dec. 20, 2002. His life as a Ranger for the
next year had just begun the numerous adventures that took him overseas
four times to the front line in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Sept. 11, 2003,
Dusty was in a horrible accident while performing parachute exercises in
preparation to return once again to Iraq. No one knew that recovering
from the head injuries Dusty sustained from the accident would be the
greatest battle of his life. His family knew that the strength deep
within Dusty would pull him through the tough days ahead of him. He
proved them right. Dusty recovered and returned to join his unit, the
2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, in Iraq in February 2004 just five
months after his accident. His adventures continued back and forth
overseas until April 2005 when he was forced to return to the U.S. for
more surgery. Dusty was discharged from the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger
Regiment on May 30, 2006, with an Honorable Discharge. He had received
numerous awards for his military service. Dusty lived life on the edge
and to its fullest. He was bigger than life. When he walked into a room,
he took charge! He was very proud to be a Ranger and serve his country
for all to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Tragically, Dusty's life
was ended in an auto accident on May 31, 2006, in Roy, Wash., while he
was getting ready to return home the next day to start yet another new
adventure. Survivors include his mother and father, Dave and Tori Mayer
of Custer, SD; a brother, Travis Mayer; David Bland and family;
grandparents, Cliff and Pat Goodro; Franklin and Florence Mayer all of
Custer, SD; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; his brothers of the 2nd
Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and will be missed by many, many friends.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at
McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Custer. Services will be at 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 8, at the Army National Guard Armory in Custer. Burial
will follow at Custer Cemetery with the 75th Regimental Chaplain Major
Paul Lasley officiating. Memorials may be sent to the First Western Bank
of Custer. Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's
Chapels of the Hills in Custer, SD. Published in the Rapid City Journal
on 6/4/2006.

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