Mickler, Donald

Mickler Jr., Donald Ray

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: HHT, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment

Duty station: Vilseck, Germany

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Afghanistan NATO Medal

Deployments: 1 in Iraq, 1 in Afghanistan

Enlisted: 2003

Date of birth: 25 May 1981

Hometown: Trotwood, Ohio

High School: Trotwood-Madison High School

Married: Engaged

Children: Luciano Russo (son)

Campaign: Afghanistan

Died: 19 March 2011

Age at death: 29

Cause of death: Killed in action – Small Arms Fire

Location of fatality: Kandahar, Afghanistan

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Place of interment: Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio

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Notes: Mickler was killed in the spray of bullets, along with PFC Rudy Acosta. Four other soldiers were wounded. Other U.S. soldiers returned fire and killed the Afghanistan gunman.