BROOKLYN, NY, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY E, 2D BATTALION, 69TH ARMOR, 3 BCT, FORT BENNING, GA BAGHDAD, IRAQ 03/31/2008
My husband Sergeant Dayne Darren Dhanoolal was born in Trinidad on Dec. 7, 1981
Darren lost his life on March 31, 2008 while driving a huskey doing route clearance in Baghdad, Iraq. An EFP came through his window killing him instantly. He is most remembered by his huge beautiful smile and distinctive laugh that was contagious. Darren (as I called him) was my best friend and my everything. We had just gotten married on Valentines Day, just 3 weeks before he deployed on March 10, 2007.
He was taken from us just 3 weeks before he was scheduled to come back home. We were so excited about the homecoming and we had so many plans. We wanted a family. Darren had just re-enlisted for 6 more years in Jan. 2008. We had our whole future to look forward to together, but now that will never be.
Darren loved playing his Xbox and spending time with me and my family. He and my dad were close…like father and son. On Sundays my dad would always cook Darren’s favorite…fried fish, rice, corn bread, and collard greens. Darren always told my dad to save him the hamhocks (flavor for the greens) that my dad normally would just throw away after cooking the greens. LOL! He also loved coming to the BBQs at my parents house.
He was the most outspoken, honest, caring, and funny person I know. I miss him so much! He was so much fun to be around. He was always the life of the party. He was loved and respected by his soldiers and everyone that ever knew him. His death has affected EVERYONE so much. Our lives will never be the same without him. Darren was the best! There’s not a day that goes by that he’s not thought about or mentioned. He will never be forgotten. We love you Darren!!!