ERATH, LA, U.S.A.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
1LT, MAR HEAVY HELICOPTER SQDN 464, MAR AIR GROUP 29, 2ND MAR AIRCRAFT WING, II MEF, NEW RIVER, NC
02/17/2006, GULF OF ADEN VICINITY OF RAS SIYYAN, NORTHERN DJIBOUTI
1LT Brandon Ryan Dronet, 33, who married his high school sweetheart, was a 2002 graduate of Lousiana State University.
“He was just your typical good country boy who was trying to do the right thing and serve his country,” attorney Warren Perrin, a family friend, explained. “His family was so proud of him.”
Kirk Soileau, an agriculture teacher at Erath High, taught LT Dronet for four years at Henry High School. He said he ran into Brandon Dronet and his wife, Summer, the last time they visited Louisiana.
“Brandon loved being in the Marines,” Mr. Soileau recalled. “He was a good kid. I really enjoyed him. I think he enjoyed life.”
The burial, will take place in Bancker, a rural Vermilion Parish community whose church was destroyed by a hurricane.
LT Dronet’s father, Gene Dronet, said of his son “He was a good boy. He was very smart.”
At his officers commissioning ceremony, 1LT Dronet was presented a key to the city of Abbeville.
“The loss of life is sad, especially when its somebody we know,” said Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza. “I would just hope the citizens of Vermilion Parish, especially the children, realize the great sacrifice he made for our country. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.”
Survivors include his wife, Summer, children, Dustin , Kourtnie, Cody, and Madeline; father, ; mother, grandmother, brother, Clint, nephew, Jonathon Broussard, and a host of relatives and friends.