Daniel Woodcock

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Sgt. Daniel Eugene Woodcock, 25, of Glennallen, was killed March 11, 2007, in the Ad Dawr province of Iraq while serving his country.
A gathering of friends was Monday at Fort Bragg, N.C. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Fort Richardson Post Chapel. A graveside service and burial will be at 3 p.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school in Glennallen. A potluck gathering will be after the service at the American Legion Hall, Glennallen.
Sgt. Woodcock was born April 21, 1981, in Glennallen, to Calvin R. and Linda R. Woodcock. He was the third of four sons.
His childhood was spent in the Glennallen and Copper Center areas. In high school he was active in the thespian group and acted in many of their productions. Daniel graduated from Glennallen High School.
He joined the Army in July 2000 and joined the 82nd Airborne in January 2001. He was stationed at Fort Bragg. While there, he met Alida Oberlon, whom he married Nov. 16, 2001. They were blessed with two children, Gabriel Michael, 3, and Charlotte Johanna, 14 months.
Dan, Alida and Gabe made a trip to Alaska in the summer of 2004. He shared his love for Alaska with his wife and introduced her and his son to his family. It was a wonderful time for all that now will be cherished by all who loved him.
Dan was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 for Operation Enduring Freedom. He began his second tour in Iraq in the fall of 2006.
His family wrote: "He missed his family very much and called home as often as he could. He called
home early Christmas morning to be able to hear the children open their gifts," said his wife, Alida.
His family added, "We are proud of him and his service to our country, but his absence will be greatly felt by his family and friends who knew and loved him."
Daniel's decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
Daniel is survived by his wife and children; parents; brothers, Travis Woodcock and wife Karen of Anchorage, Staff Sgt. Dustin Ray Woodcock of Fort Campbell, Ky., Trenton Ross Woodcock of Glennallen; paternal grandfather, Howard Woodcock; uncle, Nathan Woodcock of Copper Center; aunts, Rhonna Gilmore and husband Wade of Fairbanks and Janice Weaver and husband Bob of Florida; maternal grandparents, Harold E. and Jo Childs of Palmer; uncles, Steven J. Childs and wife Bonnie of Skwentna, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ross A. Childs and wife Camis of Clarksville, Tenn., Paul C. Childs and wife Denise of Valdez; and 14 cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Nathana Woodcock.
Memorial donations for his children can be made to any branch of Wells Fargo Bank, account 5102289781.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 23, 2007
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