WHITE LAKE, NY, USA U.S. Army SGT, DET 2, 411TH ENGINEER BRIGADE, NEW WINDSOR, NY 12553 BAGHDAD, IRAQ 11/13/2004
Catalin Dima took his oath of American citizenship while serving in Baghdad. He joined the U.S. Army after the Sept. 11 attacks and became a citizen three years later. The day before his passing he called his wife to tell her he had been promoted to sergeant. He was proud of the promotion and “loved” being in the Army.
Dima was a soldier in the Romanian army before moving in 1996 to the United States, where he worked as a truck driver before joining Army.
“He was a good man, a very funny man,” said his brother, Bogdan.
“He truly was a great person and a good Soldier. I still carry a picture of him in my truck and one in my office. Dima was always making me laugh reassuring me that this was what the wanted, “I want to be a soldier for the United States Army. Always talking about his family, and how he was going to give them a better life. He was so proud when he actually took his oath as I stood by his side and took the oath with him. Dima you changed my live in many ways and for this I thank you. Rest in Peace.”
“A great man, a great soldier, a great father and husband. You are an example for us all. God bless you, your wife and your children. Two nations are proud of you. My sincere condolences to the family. Fallen Soldiers like Catalin Dima and others are NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.”
His kids should be proud for having such a father. Sergeant Catalin Dima will always live in our hearts, and as much as we will remember him he will always live. This war is not a war between nations, is a war between different cultural values, between terrorists and civilized world. In his place I would do the same.
He also leaves behind two sons, Christian and John Peter and a daughter, Angela Maria.