Crossroads soldier dies from injuries in Afghanistan (w/video)
April 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.
YOAKUM - Army Spc. Kerry Danyluk left a strong impression on the Yoakum High School cross-country coach he trained with a decade ago.
Coach Bobby Vick said Danyluk was a natural leader.
"For sure, he was where the action was because he was one of those type of kids that you could depend on. That's the kind of kid you want taking care of your country," Vick said. "When I found out about it, it really did floor me. It's just real sad."
Danyluk, 27, a 2004 graduate of Yoakum High School, died Tuesday of injuries he suffered in combat in Afghanistan.
Danyluk was a first baseman on Yoakum's varsity baseball team in high school, where he worked hard and stayed out of trouble, said Tim Blakeney, a math teacher and assistant baseball coach at Yoakum High School.
"He was a great kid. Never caused a problem. He always said, 'Yes, sir; no, sir,'" Blakeney said.
Danyluk enlisted in the Army in October 2010 and trained at Fort Benning, Ga., according to a Fort Drum, N.Y., press release.
In March 2013, he was assigned to a unit in Fort Drum and deployed with the infantry unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was his second deployment.
Enemy forces attacked Danyluk's unit with small arms fire April 12 in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan, according to the press release. The 10th Mountain Division soldier with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team was injured during the attack.
He died later of his injuries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Danyluk is survived by his mother and father, according to the press release.
"Any time you teach somebody that goes on and does something honorable, you feel good," Blakeney said.