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SPC Dana Wilson was a Soldier assigned to HHC, 1sBattalion, 94thField Artillery Regiment located in Idar Oberstein, Germany (Strasburg Kasserne).  He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  SPC Dana Wilson served with distinction in combat roles in Iraqi as a gunner.  He completed numerous missions during his time there.  He would later die during a convoy on his return home.  SPC Wilson was extremely excited to return home to see his wife and 2 children.  When he was beating people in ping pong he would talk about them all the time.  You can read the attached letter from his brother to learn more about SPC Wilson and his fearlessness in competition.  We are hoping that we can keep his legacy alive with this scholarship and those applying for it know of him and his dedication to this country. 

 

Needed to apply for the SPC Dana Wilson Memorial Scholarship:

1.) Minimum GPA 3.5.  A true Student Athlete.

2.) Plans on playing lacrosse in college at any level

3.) Live the values of what we are teaching about fearlessness and 7 core values which are:

LDRSHIP – which is derived from the 7 Army values that SPC Dana Wilson lived by. 

  • ·    Loyalty – Be loyal to your teammates, your coaches and our organization
  • Duty – Fulfill your obligations in and out of the classroom, during practices and games
  •   Respect – Treat people as they should be treated.  Respect your teammates, coaches and officials
  •   Selfless Service – The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he/she can add to the effort
  •   Honor – Live up to our values as an organization. Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect,

loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do

  •   Integrity – Do what’s right, legally and morally.  Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. 
  •   Personal Courage – Face fear, danger or adversity.  Living that fearless mindset will require each player to have personal courage whether on the lacrosse field or in the classroom.  

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LETTERS FROM FAMILY & FRIENDS

Dana Wilson

 

Dana Wilson, what can I say? First and foremost, he was my only brother, I was 2 years older than him. I grew up with him for 19 years, it was just him and I growing up as Air Force brats to a single mother who sacrificed for us greatly.

 

When I think of Dana, I think of his fearlessness, and his competitiveness. If you knew Dana, you knew he talked a great game, but his actual game was 10 times better, whether it was bowling, basketball, baseball, ping-pong, football, card games like spades and bones, or even Monopoly. Dana always found a way to win.

 

Growing up we challenged each other many times, but the moments on the ping-pong table are the moments that I’ll carry on with me for the rest of my life. We battled, our will to beat each other was tremendous.

 

I would eventually graduate High School and join the US Army, Dana would graduate two years later, then go off and work for our step-father as a cook in Colorado Springs, CO. He would eventually marry and have two kids, Tristan and Brandon, he bought a house. Several years later, Dana enlisted in the US Army as a cook. He would be stationed overseas in Baumholder, Germany. He would eventually be deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

On July 11th 2004, my brother went to be with the lord, he was 26. Losing Dana was devastating to my family, his wife, his kids, and the numerous friends he made along his journey. It hurts to even write this, and I still cry thinking about him. He is truly missed by many, he really is. If you knew him, you knew he was a good man, a man that would give you his shirt off his back if you needed it.

 

His spirit will live on, our memories of him will never be forgotten. Dana is in heaven smiling down upon us right this very moment. He will always be my little brother, we will always be proud of him, and cherish his spirit, he will never be forgotten.  He is the epitome of what a true American hero embodies, and the REAL reason we honor our veterans and celebrate Memorial Day.

Damian Wilson