Dae Han Park – Age 36
Army Sergeant First Class
(2011 – Afghanistan)
U. S. Army Sergeant First Class Dae Han Park, July 25 1975 – March 12, 2011, was killed in Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an IED. Park graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown and joined the Army in 1998 as an infantryman. He joined the Rangers in 2000 and volunteered for Special Forces training in 2005. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and was deployed on missions to countries including Iraq and India.
Park’s military education included the U.S. Army Airborne School, Warrior Leader Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Leader Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, Jumpmaster Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His medals include the Bronze Star; two Army Commendation Medals; two Army Achievement Medals; four Army Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal; two Overseas Service Ribbons; Army Service Ribbon; Special Forces Tab; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman’s Badge; Expert Infantryman’s Badge; Parachutist’s Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife, Mi Kyong Park; his daughters Niya and Sadie; his parents Joseph and Bonnie Schneider of Thomaston, Conn.; and his sister and brother, Katie and Saejin of Watertown.