Soldier laid to rest next to grandfather in Lewiston | Events
U.S. Army Spc. Mitchell K. Daehling of Dalton, Massachusetts, who was killed May 14th in Afghanistan, was laid to rest in Lewiston Tuesday morning. It was the 24-year-old soldier's wish to be buried next to his maternal grandfather at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens. Kenneth Sander, a Purple Heart recipient who served in the Korean War, died in 2009.
A service for Spc. Daehling was held in Dalton on Friday, and was attended by hundreds. The Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, and five other medals were presented to Daehling’s wife, Samantha, and his parents, Kirk and Brenda Daehling.
Daehling was one of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when they were killed in Sanjaray, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.