Fayetteville, NC

Captain Daniel P. Whitten, was killed of wounds suffered during an attack by enemy forces on February 2, 2010 in Zabul province, Afghanistan while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Daniel dedicated his career to selfless service on the behalf of the United States.

CPT Whitten is survived by his wife, Starr Whitten of Fayetteville, NC, his mother, Jill Whitten of Grimes, IA, his father and stepmother, Dan and Penny Whitten of Clearwater, FL, his sister, U.S. Army CPT Sarah Whitten Frederickson currently deployed to Afghanistan, his grandparents, Ronald and Carol Trotter of Des Moines, IA, and many other family members and friends who will always love him.

Daniel will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving son, wonderful brother, fun-loving friend, and a courageous leader to his Soldiers. He shared a happy married life with his beloved Starr. Daniel was a great fan of both the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs and Chicago Cubs. Daniel and Starr enjoyed traveling together including trips to Hawaii, St. Thomas, Aruba, Disney World, Spain, and the Iowa State Fair. Daniel was also crazy about his dogs, Copper and Nilla.

Daniel graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 2004. Deployments include: 2005-06 in Iraq, 2007-2008 Afghanistan, and he returned again to Afghanistan in August 2009, as the Commanding Officer of C Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Daniel's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Daniel's memorial service was held at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy on February 12, 2010. Eulogies were given by Starr Whitten, CPT Michael Haith, CPT Ben Raphael (on behalf of his brother CPT Justin Raphael), CPT Robert Ashley, CPT Jimm Spannagel, Greg Frederickson (on behalf of Dan Whitten, father), and General Joseph Votel. Internment followed at the West Point Cemetery.

Daniel was killed with one other member of his unit PFC Zachary Lovejoy. A memorial in their honor was held by Charlie Company in Afghanistan.

And when our work is done, Our course on earth is run, May it be said, "Well done, be thou at peace."

Published by the Des Moines Register on Mar. 21, 2010.
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