1st LT Daniel A. Weiss
1st LT Daniel Weiss, 25, served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was born in Santa Monica, CA. His brother wanted to name him Stinkor; his parents thought otherwise. His earliest years were spent in Culver City, CA, which he always considered home. In 1993, he moved with his family to Naperville, IL, where he went on to once get stuck in the revolving door at Michael Jordan's Restaurant, make the short movie "Coffee Boy", about a coffee boy, filmed on location in the woods behind his house, and graduate early from Naperville Central High School in order to enlist in the Army. Danny deployed three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His service began as a Rifleman and SAW Gunner with the 173rd Airborne in Afghanistan in 2005. Between deployments, he earned a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In two years. Subsequently, he received his commission as an Infantry Officer, serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Afghanistan with the 1-17 Infantry, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He was then chosen to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment and assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, WA and deployed with 2/75 in late 2011. Following combat, he was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Attack Company. His awards and decorations include US Army Ranger Course and Airborne School, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, and Airborne Wings. To become the best warrior possible, he refused to drink, smoke, or consume a frivolous calorie of any kind. He worked out voraciously and read with the same intensity on a multitude of topics, from Rudyard Kipling to Karl Pilkington. To extract a smile from Danny, all one had to do was mention Mr. Pilkington's constant struggles with his boiler. His smile snuck up the side of his mouth, no matter how hard he tried to stifle it, often growing into an undeniable laugh soon shared by all present. Sometime during the night of March 4, 2012, he took his own life. Danny will be remembered as a soldier, an officer, a leader; a son, a brother, my hero. He is survived by his parents, Andy and Julianne; his brother, A.J., and his brothers in arms. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 (fisherhouse.org), or Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 (doctorswithoutborders.org). A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St. Naperville, IL. 60540. If you are a veteran or active duty service member in need of confidential support, please call the Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, send a text message to 838255, or chat online at veteranscrisisline.net. (630) 355-0213 www.friedrichjones.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Mar. 9, 2012.
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Donna Sims
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March 4, 2019
Never forgetting. Forever grateful.
nancy manzie
January 9, 2019
Our family remains grateful for the service and sacrifice 1st LT Daniel Weiss made for our country.
January 9, 2019
Donna Sims
January 8, 2019
2500 days ago... Thanks for coming to Mom in the dream last night. The love never dies. We miss you terribly. We love you.
Dad
Family
January 7, 2019
Donna Sims
August 21, 2018
Thinking of Danny on this day, and praying for him and his family.
August 20, 2018
Andy Weiss
August 19, 2018
Donna Sims
July 19, 2018
To the parents of Lt Weiss, my brother is buried next to your son at Arlington. He is #10088 to your son #10087. My brother was a Command Sgt Major in the U S Army. Throughout his career he took the younger soldiers under his wing. I am sure he is now honored to be buried next to your fine son.
Tammy Mcvey
July 18, 2018
Donna Sims
June 6, 2017
Dad
June 5, 2017
June 5, 2017
Danny, I still often think of you. Just finished "13 Hours"about Benghazi and it gave me some small glimmer of what soldiers like you experienced. I'm only sorry you endured so much pain, and that you did not have the chance to get beyond it.
February 3, 2016
hello son
OMW
May 10, 2014
Andy Weiss
October 27, 2013
Andy Weiss
October 27, 2013
Andy Weiss
October 27, 2013
Out of an airplane into the air, all four of us off the planet. God I miss you so much on landing.
OMW
August 22, 2012
You are so missed. The silence is deafening.
OMW
August 8, 2012
AJ had you covered on Mother's Day, Danny... No fears. We miss you and love you.

OMW
Old Man Weiss
May 13, 2012
Dear Andy and Julianne, I just found out about Danny and I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the both of you, as well as AJ.
Susi Guzsella
May 5, 2012
Andy, Our deepest sympathies to you & family. Linda & Barry Jaffe
April 27, 2012
Happy Birthday Danny. Friends are keeping you blindingly alive!
Old Man Weiss
April 10, 2012
We are so saddened at Danny's death, which we just learned about today. He went to high school with our son Steve. When I saw Andy, I always asked how Danny was doing. Their son was in our prayers. To us he seemed to possess great depth,feeling and honor to have followed such a difficult path. What a beautiful person his parents brought into the world; the world will miss him.

Lee and Mary Jane Smith
Lee and Mary Jane Smith
April 9, 2012
Thank You for what you did for our country!
May Daniel Rest in Peace!
Audrey & Sharon Kowalczyk
April 5, 2012
Thank you danny for letting me know that there are truly great leaders out there and for helping me get my tab youll be missed
Kris Kachwalla
April 2, 2012
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead
michael vance
April 1, 2012
The silence is deafening. The void so deep. We love you. We miss you.
OM W
March 26, 2012
We appreciated for what you did for us and you would be always in our hearts.
Polar
March 20, 2012
Dear Danny,
We wanted you to know that you were a real American hero to your family, to your brothers in arms, to your friends and to our country. A real life, true hero. No greater sacrifice can a man give than to serve his country proudly. We always have been and always will be in awe of you. We are so sorry for your pain, but know that the pain is no more. Rest in eternal peace.

Our love and friendship to Andy, Julianne and AJ has always been a call away and always will be. Somehow, some way, you will find peace and happy memories will be all that fill your hearts. So many hearts broken, but Danny will find a way to help mend them over time.
Bob and Ginger Fisher
March 20, 2012
My heart is broken and I grieve with you over the loss of your loved one. Jesus wept, too, when he lost Lazarus, and one day will say, Danny, come forth, and then we will be together forever.
Mary Hampton
March 19, 2012
I wish to extend to you and to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord's loving promises comfort you and give you strength as you walk through this difficult time. "Honoring Those Who Served-Ministry" -Chaplain Richard Reuer, 1206 6th St SW, Minot, ND 58701
Chaplain Richard Reuer
March 15, 2012
My heart breaks for your family. I started a suicide prevention group for Veterans last year with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention IL. If you'd like more info on the Out of the Darkness walk in Sept to honor Daniel's memory, please contact me. http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=1661&participantID=280143
Mistie Drews
March 15, 2012
Danny, I have Steyart's KIA for you. He'll not be forgotten in my lifetime.
OMW
March 14, 2012
To the family and loved ones of Daniel Weiss, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences. I hope that time will bring you peace and understanding of a loss that no family should ever have to endure. Please know that the Ranger family is just that, a family. Should you find a time when you need any one of us, reach out...we will be here. God Bless you all.
Jessica Salo
March 13, 2012
A death whose tragedy is amplified by the apparent motivation and talent of the deceased and underscored by its nature. while his value as a useful human being makes the loss greater, it should also give you comfort that such a valuable person was a member of your family.Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Tom Pugh
March 13, 2012
To the Family of Daniel A. Weiss

I wish I had the right words to say at this time, but I know there are none. I grieve for the loss of your beloved son and I know that I cannot fathom the pain you must be feeling. Your son will not be forgotten and what he did to help protect our homeland and our freedoms. It was his life that made him a Hero. It was his noble path that made him an American Hero. It was his ultimate sacrifice that made him a Fallen Hero. May God carry him to Heaven on His precious wings and give him a palace to live in. I pray that our Heavenly Father above will grace you with His love, His comfort and His peace. Heaven's Gates now has a new handsome Marine standing guard.

Amen.
D J Sims
March 12, 2012
1LT Daniel Weiss
March 12, 2012
Andy, Julianne, & AJ,

My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. I will never forget the dinner the 3 of us shared in Chicago years back - Dan was away at the time. Dan's sacrifices and achievements are recognized by us all and we will all keep you in our prayers.
Peter Carolan Jr.
March 12, 2012
Dan, you were a great friend, I wish we could have had more time. It was truely an honor to serve with you. I will always remember the great memories and hearty laughs we shared. You are dearly missed brother.
Ryan McCormick
March 12, 2012
I do not know Daniel Weiss (or family members); however, I read Daniel's obituary in the newspaper and it truly saddened my heart. I just wanted to offer you my sympathy and let you know that there are people in this world who care.
Pat Stover
March 11, 2012
Andy, what a wonderful man! I know you and your family are proud of him.
Lena Neal
March 11, 2012
You inspired men to be better, you are truley missed. I know we are better for having known you.
Brian Giroux
March 11, 2012
God be with the family and friends. Lost my brother in Nam 1969.
Mary Barnett
March 11, 2012
To A.J. and his family, we offer our most heartfelt condolences for the painful loss of your son and brother, Daniel, one of our country's most revered protectors. Our hearts and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life and grieve his passing.
Steve and Malin Bowers
March 11, 2012
Weiss family,

I knew Danny as a friend of mine in Afghanistan 2009-2010. He deployed with one of my best friends ssg matt sanders to afghanistan in 2005 with the 173d. I met danny through him. I remember the first time I met him in the chow hall in fob frontenac, kandahar, afghanistan. I really enjoyed the conversations we would have about all the goings on of the unit and life at the time. I'm so sorry this happened. I wish one of us could have been there or would have known. My heart goes out to you guys today your son was truly a barrel chested freedom fighter, a leader of soldiers, and an all around great guy.

Best wishes and my sincere condolences

SFC Jason Hughes (Cco 1-17 IN Deployed 09-10) now Ft.benning, GA
jason hughes
March 11, 2012
Dear Weiss Family,

I had the joy of sharing many years of Elementary school classes with Danny at River Woods Elementary school. I remember his laugh and smile and the comics he would draw with a character called "Bob."
I am heartbroken for your loss. I will remember Danny forever.
Lauren McNichols
Lauren McNichols
March 10, 2012
Thank You for you sacrifice God Bless Martha Binikos Melbourne, FL
March 10, 2012
God Bless you and your family. Thank you for all you have sacrificed. We will never forget.
Deb Rickert
March 10, 2012
Dear Weiss Family,
Danny was important to our son, Bret, and daughter-in-law, Sally. We were privileged to meet Danny in Seattle - he impressed us as an exceptional young man. We are so sorry for your heart-breaking loss.
Glen & Sharman Armstrong
March 10, 2012
My son told me today of Dan's passing,they were together in Ranger school and my son Andy told of how Dan was always just ahead of him in scoring and how he was a true soldier,working the hardest being the best in all he could be.
May you find some comfort in knowing how respected he was by his peers.
Tom Shattuck
March 10, 2012
Thanking you for your service doesn't seem enough. May God bless you and your family. Rest in Peace.
Crystil Carie
March 10, 2012
Rest in peace while we contiue to pray for your loved ones left behind.
Henryk Zaleski
March 10, 2012
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This famous Irish Ballard has never been more appropriate. Listen and say a prayer for Danny
pxc
March 10, 2012
I have never met your loved one, Daniel, but just chanced upon his obituary today. After praying, I feel confident that his new life in the spiritual world will allow his growth and development to continue. I believe that Daniel is well-qualified to receive a special mission, helping and protecting many people. Thank you so much for your wonderful tribute, bringing all who read it into your loving circle of family and friends. I will keep him in my heart and work harder to help others with his special spirit. May God Bless Daniel and the Weiss family eternally!
Patricia Fliginger
March 10, 2012
It is difficult for me to find the words to say for the loss of Danny, a man who live who lived a life well-lived. But I offer my deepest sympathy to the family, friends, & brothers & sisters in arms. I thank him for the sacrifice he made for this country.
Peace to all.
March 10, 2012
Thank you, 1st LT Daniel Weiss for giving all you had. Your soul is in the hands of God. May you now rest in His loving embrace. To the Weiss family ~ My heart aches for you. I pray for God to give you strength. May God bless you.
~ Mother of an United States Airman
jackie Antos
March 10, 2012
My God grant you peace now and forever.
Sally Perkoski
March 10, 2012
Dear Weiis family

We are very closely with and pray for Danny.
Toute notre affectueuse amitié
Tonton Charlie
Charles GENSON
March 10, 2012
I really am at a loss for words. I'm so sorry Andy,Julianne and AJ. Thinking of you with sympathy and condolence.
David Hauss
David Hauss
March 10, 2012
May God bless your family in this time of trial. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Michael & Nancy Deppeler
March 10, 2012
Danny came to 2nd platoon, A Co, 1-17 half way through our deployment in Afghanistan when our PL was injured. He instantly clicked with all the men in the platoon and was immediately welcomed. He was a true leader, no questions asked. Its funny how the trivial things matter soo much now, like giving eachother no less than 30-40 "high fives" throughout the day for no apparent reason. Its just the little things that mattered and made him "Sir, Lt Weiss, Bro", and over time to alot of us...just "Danny". We love and miss you brother *HIGH FIVE*
John McDowell
March 9, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Sandi Bland
March 9, 2012
God Bless and Thank You to 1st LT. Weiss. Rest in Peace, Son.

To those who love him, may God hold you extra gently in the Palm of His Hands whenever you need it.

I feel I've glimpsed heart of the beautiful person Danny became by the way you've reached out to others in a very painful personal moment. Your generosity takes one's breath away. I will never forget the story of Danny (also the name of my own brother, also gone too soon).

Along with others of our finest who have gone before him, Danny (and each of you) will always remain in my prayers.
-the mother of a USMC Veteran
Nancy Manzie
March 9, 2012
Susan Loy and I extend our deepest sympathy to you. We never met Danny, but feel we know him via the extremely well-written obit and tribute. Such a sad ending to an obviously brilliant, short life.
Ron Ayers
March 9, 2012
I didn't have the pleasure of ever meeting Daniel or his family but thank you for your service. It's because of selfless men & women like you that we have our freedom, God speed Daniel
March 9, 2012
I do not know your family, but I would like to extend my condolences to you all..Just by reading about him, I can tell he was an amazing person! Thank you for sharing him with this country, as he protected our freedom. He is one of God's truly special angels. I will pray for all of you, and hope that you will feel peace.
Kristin
March 9, 2012
We are with you in spirit if not in person, we love you all and you are in our hearts.
Fran Goldfarb & Jim Devine
March 9, 2012
Hi Andy,Julianne and family - Our sincerest condolences in the loss of your son. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorry. Tony & Cathy
Tony Gressak
March 9, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Judy & Mike McMahon
March 9, 2012
Andy, Julianne and Family,
We are so very saddened by the news of your loss. Please know that you are in our hearts and we are thinking of you. Sending our love and strength,
Jill (Hyman) and John Arnstein
March 9, 2012
ALTHOUGH, I NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING YOUR SON, THANK YOU, GOD SPEED, REST IN PEACE, AND NOT LAST, THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING ME. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
RAQUEL MACIAS
March 9, 2012
"What a fine tribute to Daniel showing him to be a hero with great desire to serve. The obit caught my eye as overwhelming with love and pride. I can relate to him, as I have son with a deep sadness in his heart.Peace to his family and many friends, who shared his short time on this earth & who left an outstanding military record. I am so sorry for your void and loss. T. Clark (S. Elgin, IL)
March 9, 2012
Maureen and I are saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Tim and Maureen Buckley
March 9, 2012
To the Weiss Family, most sincere condolence, may the love and care expressed by all those writing here help carrying you through this experience. I am most proud of your son's service to us all.
Keith Meyer
March 9, 2012
Thanks 1st Lt. Daniel Weiss for your service and sacrifice...for your excellent examples of leadership and dedication to being the best soldier you could be. My deepest sympathy to the family...my deepest admiration, too, for already reaching out to point other heroes to a place of help when their invisible wounds begin to overwhelm them. May you feel the arms of God wrapped around you today and in the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.
Lynn Nash, Navy Gold Star Mom
March 9, 2012
We are holding you in the light.
Cynthia & Kim Hall
March 9, 2012
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to 1Lt Daniel A. Weiss our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Daniel. And to Daniel it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for his service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and for the sacrifice he made for his country while serving with the U.S. Army. No greater love and patriotism is shown than a man lay down his life in service to his country. Daniel, you are an appreciated Army Warrior and a true Patriot. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,307 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Daniel's family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
March 9, 2012
To the Weiss family: our hearts and many prayers are with you at this time.
Al and Bonnie Warzecha
March 9, 2012
"What seems to us a sunset, is a sunrise in another land". Shine on Danny... Shine on!
Your family is in our prayers~
March 9, 2012
I only know this young man through his father. I am humbled and raised up by his courage and dedication to his country and family. His light will shine forever. Peace and love to the Weiss family.
Stephanie Bockman
March 9, 2012
Andy/Julianne/AJ:
I was so sorry to here the news. I'm sure you remember Andy - we were in Paris and Danny was getting ready to make his appearnce into this world. That was a long night as I recall. Hard to believe so much time has passed. You should be very proud of his long list of significant accomplishments and service to this country all done in such a short period of time. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but please know you have my deepest sympathy and both Bonnie and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

To Danny: Rest in peace Lieutenant, you have more than earned your rest.
Steve Schweikert
March 9, 2012
While I didn't know your beloved son, our son served with Dan in Afghanistan. He spoke so highly of him and considered him one of his dearest friends. I am so very sorry.
Linda McCormick
March 9, 2012
Mr. & Mrs. Weiss,

I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Danny from his 173rd Airborne Brigade days and OEF VI. I will always remember that mischievious smile he had when he surprised me speaking French. While I do not speak for all of Legion Company (B/1/508) his passing is noted among our ranks with sadness and grief. Personally, I was so proud to see he had made it to the Ranger Regiment. Again I am very sorry and shocked to learn of his passing.

Doc Wilson
Vaughan Wilson
March 9, 2012
To the Weiss family,
Condolences to you, whose son and brother, nephew and cousin, was truly a great American. What a special human to have cared and done so much for his country. Although we mourn his passing, he is in a special place.
Wayne Batchelder
Wayne Batchelder
March 9, 2012
Thank you Danny for your dedication and service. I know how proud your family was of you and that their love for you is beyond words. I haven't seen you since you were a little boy running around in a batman shirt and I wish I could have met up with the man, 1st Lieutenant. Culver City remembers you and loves you.
Monica Lugo
March 9, 2012
Dear Weiss Family ~
May your beloved Daniel rest in peace in the arms of our Dear Lord. I never knew him, but am so touched by this obituary. Thank you, Lt. Daniel Weiss for protecting our Country. May your family be comforted by wonderful memories and the prayers of all who knew Dan and all who like me, are so touched by this. God Bless.
Maribeth
March 9, 2012
My son and daughter-in-law knew Danny as a Battle Buddy and friend. Please accept sincere condolences from our family as you mourn the loss of a truly exceptional young man.
Laurie Winter
March 9, 2012
God Bless Danny for all that he did. We didn't know him, but he gave his life for our freedom. Our condolences to his family.
Judi & Buddy C
March 9, 2012
To the entire Weiss Family,
Please accet all the prayers and sincere condolences from my entire family. I never new Lt. Weiss. I was very touched by the obituary in the paper this morning. Dan was a TRUE American hero. My entire family is saddened by his death, please be assured of our continued prayers for all of you. Eternal rest grant upon Daniiel O Lord, and let perpetual life shine upon him...My his soul, rest in peace. A tragic loss of one of this Countries best, a real hero. God bless Lt. Daniel, and may God's comfort, peace and love surround you all..
Matt Kenah
March 9, 2012
Although I did not know 1st Lt. Daniel Weiss, I know his father, Andy, a childhood friend. At a recent school reunion, Andy and I were talking about how wonderful our children were. There are no words to describe how sad I feel at this news and truely hope that comfort can be found in fond memories. May his life be for a blessing.
Diane Mellman Kwasman
March 9, 2012
I remember when Danny was just a PFC on his first deployment to Afghanistan and we were on a night patrol when Danny fell into a mud hole chest deep and could get out lol the squad leader was yelling for Danny not to get the saw muddy and to hurry up and get out but he could not move so the squad leader kept getting mad then was yelling at all of us for laughing and no being tactical but the noises Danny was making try so hard to get out was too funny oh man what a patrol but even as a PFC i saw something in Danny that said he was going to be a great leader one day. Really wish i could make the funeral but Im currently deployed in Afghanistan. Im gonna miss you bro! RLTW!
CHRIS GALLOWAY
March 9, 2012
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Andy, Julianne and AJ. The pain has to be true torture. We can only pray that some relief comes to the family in due time. Danny was an American hero, giving our country multiple tours for the sake of keeping all of us safe. God bless Danny Weiss, and may he rest in peace. Peter and Elena Carolan, Mendham, New Jersey
March 9, 2012
I knew Danny. A true, honest and good american boy. He will be deeply missed. All my love to his parents and brother, all my respect for his brothers in arms. God bless him and his family. I know many people around the world will remember and pray.
Pedro R de U
March 9, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. We dont always leave the victims of the war on the battle field. Remember all that was good and decent about Daniel.
Army Mom
March 9, 2012
Although I did not know 1st LT. Weiss, I offer my condolences ,and thank him for his service to our Country.
Kevin Navarro
March 9, 2012