July 12, 2006, - 5:15 pm

Sgt. Duane Dreasky, RIP: Terrorist IED’s Brave Victim Fought for Months to Live

By Debbie Schlussel
On the 4th of July, I wrote about Sgt. Duane Dreasky of Company B, 125th Infantry Regiment–who valiantly fought to live, despite burns over 75% of his body. “Born to Be a Soldier,” the Army National Guardsman was the lone survivor of a terrorist IED explosion that hit a HumVee on November 21, last year.
He was in Iraq because, although he finished a year-long tour of duty guarding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, he volunteered to go. He could have remained safely in Michigan as a recruiter, where he was assigned.
Sadly, he died Monday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after fighting to live for eight months. He was 31 years old. Details from one of two touching pieces by The Detroit News’ only decent reporter, Edward Cardenas:

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Wounded War Vet Duane Dreasky w/ Bush, Before Injuries

“He went out with so much dignity,” his wife, Mandeline Dreasky, said Tuesday.
“He fought and defied death four times. We had hoped that he would make it.”
He had been living a life-long dream of serving his country when the Humvee in which he was riding near al-Habbaniyah, Iraq, was hit by an improvised explosive device on Nov. 21, 2005.
He was airlifted out of Iraq and ended up at the San Antonio burn center, where President George W. Bush toured on Jan. 1 and met with soldiers. Sgt. Dreasky, in bandages, tried to salute when Bush entered the room. . . .

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Sgt. Duane Dreasky & Wife/Fellow Soldier Mandeline

He was also the last survivor of the five-man Humvee unit that was attacked on Nov. 20.
The shock of his death resonated beyond his family.
“He was a big imposing, somewhat intimidating person who loved kids and they loved him,” said Kim Anderson, whose son took martial arts classes from Dreasky.
“He just tried to make his family proud, and he definitely did that.”
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Duane J. Dreasky Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 23116 Lansing, MI 48909-3116.

Even though he passed from this world, Dreasky is a symbol of the determination, struggle, and will to survive of all our brave men who are protecting our freedom. When he was alive and in tremendous pain, Dreasky and his wife thought of others, setting up a foundation for scholarships for special needs kids to attend the Special Olympics and for others to pursue medical careers–the address of which is above.
Read both of Edward Cardenas’ moving pieces–here and here–about Duane Dreasky.
More on Duane Dreasky, from the October 15, 2005 issue of The Iron Soldier (Official Newsletter of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Al-Anbar Province, Iraq):

Although he recently finished a year long stint in Guantanamo, Cuba guarding detainees, Sgt. Dreasky volunteered for duty in
Iraq.
Dreasky utilized his professional expertise to create panoramic views of terrain sketches at all guard towers occupied by his platoon. He also used his initiative to take digital photos with a new picture system. The pictures he took were used to create a targeted mission and check out suspicious activity.
Sgt. Duane J. Dreasky epitomizes the Army values and lives by the Warrior Ethos. His leadership, attention to detail, and professionalism is a credit to himself and the Michigan Army National Guard.
Sgt. Dreasky is married to another outstanding Soldier from the Michigan Army National Guard, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mandy Dreasky is a former Sgt. 1st Class from the 1775th Military Police Company. She was wounded in action while serving
during OIF 03.

Sgt. Duane Dreasky, American Hero, Rest In Peace. May G-d Bless You.
**** UPDATE, 07/17/06: More info on Sgt. Duane Dreasky. Plus, protesters plan to mar his funeral. How you can help stop them. Check it out here. ****

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13 Responses

My thoughts and prayers go to him and his family.
God bless them.

Thee_Bruno on July 13, 2006 at 10:18 am

Debbie,
Thank you for sharing this hero’s life with the rest of us. Sgt. Dreasky is a REAL, AMERICAN HERO! This guy is the essence of what makes The United States the greatest nation on the planet. It’s because of men like Duane Dreasky that I sleep soundly in my bed. I can’t thank the men and women of our Armed Forces enough for all they do. I reflect daily on the lives of men like Sgt. Duane Dreasky and Sgt Paul Ray Smith (USMC) that made the ultimate sacrifice under the most hostile of circumstances. These are the people that should be celebrated in the mainstream media; they are REAL HEROS. I always ask anyone and everyone that appreciates their freedom and their American way of life to always tell the men and women of the Armed Forces “THANK YOU”. Even better, when you see them at a local restaurant, or bar, pay their tab! It’s because of them that we don’t have to eat lousy halal food like the wahabbist, jihadi bastards in this world would force us all to do if they had it their way.
AMEN! VERY WELL SAID.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Yiddish Steel on July 13, 2006 at 10:55 am

We need to have more people like Sgt. Duane Dreasky if we are to survive as a country.
Thank you Sgt. Duane Dreasky.
May our Father in heaven give your soul rest.
Arthur Clements
Las Vegas, NV USA

Arthur Clements on July 13, 2006 at 12:53 pm

REST IN PEACE SGT.DREASKY
Thank you for your sevice to this great country of ours.

GOODOLREBEL on July 13, 2006 at 1:40 pm

REST IN PEACE SGT.DREASKY
Thank you for your sevice to this great country of ours.

GOODOLREBEL on July 13, 2006 at 1:42 pm

You did well Sgt. Thank you for defending my rights as an American

KOAJaps on July 13, 2006 at 3:08 pm

I lost a dear friend in Sgt. Dreasky. He truly is everything you read about him, and so much more. He lost his life doing what he loved i can tell you that. And I’ll never be the same knowing he’s not here….

nav vet on July 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm

God Bless him. He was a dear friend and always a gentleman. All the children, parents and other adults affiliated with Michigan Martial Arts, loved him and we’ll miss him, dearly.
KMS

KMS on July 15, 2006 at 6:14 pm

To Sgt. Dreasky’s wife:
I’m sorry about your loss. I knew him 1 year and he made a lifelong impression. He was a man’s man. He was the man you would want next to you in battle and the man you’d choose to be next to you as a friend. I would feel bad but you know he died doing what he loved and he wouldn’t change one thing unless it was to be able to give more or do more though he gave his own life already. In my 8 year career, Sgt. Dreasky is remembered in my top 10 friends because of something he said to me one day. I was not well-liked, and I was assigned in his tower one day, and during our shift, he said to me, without looking up from what he was doing or turning toward me, “I don’t know why those other guys don’t like you. I’ll have you in my tower anyday.” This always stays with me. I’m sure this is a great loss to you and your family, and just know he is remembered and reguarded highly by those who barely knew him also. I can only imagine the everlasting impression he made on you.
Thank you for reading.

ExInfantry on March 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

My Uncle was a true American Hero.
I loved every thing he did for me and my cousin Tatianna.
But i have to say, he wasnt just an uncle, he was my father, and i miss him dearly.
He taught me everything i needed to know about defending myself, and how to act like a lady.
He treated my aunt with the upmost respect, and never let harm come to his family.
He was very respectful and loved life.
I will miss him with all my heart, and hope god is looking after my dad!
*his daughter, Kaysha

Kaysha Dreasky on April 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

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buspirone hcl 15 mg on May 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

Why did you take the “o” out of God?

me on August 5, 2011 at 2:25 am

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