John K. Daggett

PHOENIX, AZ, U.S.A.

U.S.ARMY

SGT, CO B, 1ST BN, 14TH IN, 2BCT, SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI

05/15/2008, HALIFAX, NS, CANADA


SGT Daggett, wounded in Iraq, was being transported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The severity of his wounds demanded a stop in Halifax to tend to his injuries. Kyle died in hospital in Halifax.

Kyle attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, and played football for four years. “Every day, he came to practice with a positive and can-do attitude … he was just that kind of kid,” said Coach Dana Zupke. SGT Daggett cared as much about academics as he did about sports.“He was very outgoing and very bright and articulate,” added Coach Zupke.

SGT Daggett’s compassion was expressed by the way he treated those around him, his sister Kendall Daggett said. He babysat for his older sister’s children, made cookies and carved pumpkins. He volunteered at a nursing home in Arizona, and did the same in Sadr City.

“He went into Sadr City, right behind the wall where the fighting was really, really bad,” Kendall Daggett said. “(Kyle)He would go volunteer because that was how he is.”

Kyle was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and adventure. He went camping and rafting with friends. He hunted in Montana where his father lives.

“He was so intelligent about the outdoors,” best friend Jamie Patasin said. “Anything to do with outdoors, he was pretty much doing it.”

Kyle enlisted in the Army in June 2005. He was serving his first tour in Iraq.

“He was probably the most honest-hearted person I ever met,” added Jamie Patasin. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7