Soldier from Montana killed in Afghanistan

2012-12-05T06:30:00Z 2012-12-10T05:42:06Z Soldier from Montana killed in AfghanistanBillings Gazette
December 05, 2012 6:30 am  • 

A soldier originally from Montana was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde, 41, was killed in action during route clearance operations when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in southern Afghanistan, according to Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general.

Linde was assigned to the 818th Engineer Company. The unit arrived for duty in Afghanistan in June.

A 1989 graduate of Sidney High School, Linde served with the Montana Army National Guard from 1998 through 2002 and from 2005 through 2006.

Linde enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1990 and returned to the North Dakota Guard in 2006. Since 2009, he served as a full-time instructor with the North Dakota National Guard’s 164th Regional Training Institute, Camp Grafton Training Center in Devils Lake, N.D.

Linde is survived by his wife, Adrienne, of Devil’s Lake, and their four children.

His military occupational specialties are listed as combat engineer, cannon crew member and bridge crew member.

Linde was awarded numerous honors throughout his career, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation and Army Good Conduct medals.

Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, N.D., was also killed in the attack. Spc. Ian Charles Placek, 23, of Bismarck, was wounded and is listed in stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, according to a North Dakota National Guard media release.

The 818th Engineer Company is headquartered in Williston, N.D.

The North Dakota National Guard will announce funeral arrangements as soon as available.

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  1. Kuato
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    Kuato - December 09, 2012 12:09 pm
    Demand an end to these useless wars NOW! So that men like this don't have to die any longer! it's been said before , but why is the worst of men start wars and the best of men must die
  2. Roger
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    Roger - December 06, 2012 8:09 am
    Evidently the U.S. needs these useless,undeclared little wars to keep the taxpayer money flowing to the munitions industry - "war is good business, invest your son" was heard during the war in Vietnam.
  3. Keni
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    Keni - December 05, 2012 1:49 pm
    The US and it's Allies took out three major countries and 13 minor ones in about five years of WWII, since that time Our elected officials have been scared to actually declare a war and we've seen countless US soldiers die in Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world for absolutely nothing at all. In about 12-years now, our elected officials have again been scared to give our military permission to conduct a war properly as as they've been trained to do so very well. They've allowed the bad guys to manipulate Our media and the other medias around the world. It's time they either brought our boys home to their families or conclude the war with the total destruction of the opposition. Then, after that, let the politicians, many who can't win a street fight, accept the unconditional surrender of any bad guys who might remain alive.

    Dragging a war out for years is absolutely asinine. Put the bad boys on their knees where they can't conduct war against you, then talk. We did that to both Germany and Japan.

    Else bring Our boys home today.
  4. High Fugacity
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    High Fugacity - December 05, 2012 12:06 pm
    My heart goes out to Darren's family! Please know that his service and sacrifice is something I value more than most things in life. Him and his family will be in my prayers as I know what they are going through. And I'm with Walter12 a bit, it is really frustrating that we are losing good men and women in a war that was based on lies. That makes this tragedy that much more tragic. I do have hope that something good will come out of these crazy wars, even though they are evil!!!
  5. walter12
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    walter12 - December 05, 2012 7:05 am
    No more American blood for that worthless a- hole of a part of the planet and these Muslims that do not care a whit. Let the Muslims imbrace the Taliban. No more wars where the American people do not care.
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