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1st Lt. Daniel P. Riordan View/Sign Guest Book
1st Lt. Daniel P. Riordan

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Age:   24
Hometown: St. Louis
Date of Death: 6/23/2007
Incident Location: Taji, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: 1st Lt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry D
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas

There were things about Daniel P. Riordan that reminded Chris Shank of his brother, Jeremy Shank, who died in Iraq in September. "He was a good guy, he knew exactly what he wanted, he was really motivated and he''d bend over backwards to help out anybody," Shank said. "All you had to do was ask." Riordan, 24, of St. Louis, was killed June 23 by a roadside bomb in Taji. He was a 2005 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and was assigned to Fort Hood. His former principal Larry Keller said Riordan sent e-mails almost weekly to his old high school, writing about his soldiers and their dangerous work. "We could tell he was a real leader," Keller said. "It was obvious that he was constantly in harm''s way. He never wrote about politics, but always from the point of view of the mission. He was proud to be part of something for our country." His family called Riordan "a true cowboy and gentleman who loved country music, the outdoors and his family." He was active in the Boy Scouts, ran track and played football. He is survived by his parents, Rick Riordan and Jeanine Rainey, and stepmother, Michelle Riordan.
Source: Associated Press
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