SFC Dan H. Gabrielson
Sep. 24, 1962 to Jul. 9, 2003
Photo provided by Find A Grave and Brenda N.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Gabrielson was assigned to the 652nd Engineer Company, Ellsworth, Wisconsin which specializes in building bridges. Gabrielson was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Baqouba while riding in the last vehicle in a convoy. He recently took over the role of platoon sergeant for his unit and was studying to become a warrant officer. Dan worked as a mechanic and machinist in the unit’s motor pool and was in charge of keeping the bridge building equipment working under very difficult conditions. He spent 22 years in the Army Reserve and was a CNC machining programmer for Nexen, which makes industrial clutches and brakes.
Gabrielson was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.