Sgt. John Kyle Daggett
Ever since “Kyle was a little boy he had a very patriotic heart. His favorite song was “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. When Kyle would hear this song he would stand at attention and shout the words…
“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the USA.”
Kyle’s commitment to serve his country came to be on June 2nd 2005 when he left Arizona for Fort Benning, GA to begin his basic training in the US Army. His turning Blue Ceremony took place September 23 & 24, 2005. Shortly after in November 2005 he received his airborne wings. He was then stationed in Scholfield Barracks, HA where he began his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. With help from his commanders he worked hard in order to be accepted at Ranger School. Kyle’s rank at the time was not high enough to be accepted, but because of his determination and hard work he gained the confidence of Sgt Major Michael Neill who made a recommendation on Kyle’s behalf to get him into Ranger School. On May 3rd 2007 Kyle did not let his commanders down; He received the honor of Army Ranger. This by far was one of the proudest moments of our lives and an honor to see Kyle fulfill his dream.
Kyle was deployed to Taji, Iraq December 7, 2007 serving his country until his injuries on May 1, 2008; then Kyle entered into his own battle, a battle which was lost on May 15, 2008 but Kyle won the war. He is now serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Kyle believed in what the United States stands for. He fought for freedom and for the Christian values this nation was formed by. Freedom is not free; we have lost a special friend, brother and son. Each time you see an American Flag, please remember the blood that has been shed to keep this great nation free. Fly an American flag, wear red on Fridays, and thank a soldier when you see one. Stand proud to be an American and carry on Kyle’s legacy!