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

Dustin Allan Yancey

Goose Creek, South Carolina

November 4, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Pfc

26th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Fort Stewart, Georgia

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 4, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during convoy operations.

Written by Dustin a few days before his death (Submitted by his younger brother Tim)

Nearing the End 
As the end of the deployment is inching ever so closely to us we are left to think back on everything we did here. From the training we did for months before we left, to the many, many, many missions that we have accomplished in a short period of time. Because of my team we kept over 7,000 soldiers and contractors fed, about 1,000 vehicles running, delivered literally millions of gallons of fuel, and that is just off the top of my head. We have driven hundreds of thousands of miles, and we have the maintenance records to prove it. We have been blown up several times, shot at hundreds of times, made many detours, and with the detours discovering new routes. All of that will end when we get on that plane to go home. No one will be left to say, Hey, remember those guys that were on the dangerous streets of Baghdad daily, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, for hours at a time? That what we do here is for the safety of America, the freedom of Iraq, and ourselves. We do are what others aren't, and we do what others cant, not to say we are better then them, but for them. You know how they say less is more? Well i believe that. The less people we have doing the dangerous missions the more families back home can rest easy at knight b/c they know that their family members are safe. No long nights staring at the ceiling wondering what he/she is doing now, no late night phone calls from the Red Cross in where they realize their worse fear, none of that. So with that i end this little discussion about everything and nothing. I do my job for everyone and also for no one, because i take pride in what i do and i doesn't matter who it is helping, as long as it helps, if only a little, even if i am risking my life to take one person to the soldiers resort so they can rest up a little. It will make the rest of their time here a little less difficult. I am proud to be part of the 33+ solider group of people that may not seem like it, but they are all elite people, fathers, sons, daughters, wires, husbands, brothers and sisters. We are the back bone of our battalion, we are Top Elite Security, and we secure the WORLD.

From Sgt Palacios 11/19/05:

TO CPT GURBISZ AND SPC YANCEY...

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, YANCEY THANK YOU TEACHING ME HOW TO PLAY RUMI, ITS MY FAVE STILL. I LOVE YOU GUYS. I THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY THAT GOES BY.

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