DALTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Funeral arrangements have been set for Mitchell Daehling, the United States Army Specialist who was killed in action May 14 in Afghanistan.
Daehling was 24-years-old and lived in Dalton. He was a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School and continued his education as a Homeland Security major at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH until 2010.
He then attended Infantry Combat School at Ft. Benning in Georgia graduating on December 16, 2010.
In June of last year he was promoted to Specialist and deployed to Afghanistan that December. There he was a Team Leader and Squad Designated Marksman, an expert level shooter.
Daehling received the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat & Special Skills Badge and the Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge-Expert.
He took part and enjoyed all kinds of sports including hunting, fishing, motorcycles, paintball, soccer, and Lacrosse. He also played the guitar and had a pilot license.
According to the Dery Funeral Home in Pittsfield funeral services for Mitchell Daehling will be held on Friday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Dalton. He will be buried in Lewiston, Idaho, at a cemetery where his Grandfather, Kenneth J. Sander, is buried. One of Mitchell’s final wishes was to be buried alongside his Grandfather.
During the funeral Daehling will be awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the NATO Medal.
Calling hours for him will also be held at St. Agnes Church on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Daehling family requests that memorial donations in memory of Mitchell may be made to the USO or the Military Friends Foundation in care of the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.