Darga, Paul John, EODC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EOD-5332-Reserve Basic EOD Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Primary Unit
2002-2006, EOD-5333, EOD Mobile Unit 2 (EODMU 2), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODGRU 2)
Service Years
1992 - 2006
EOD-Explosive Ordnance Disposal
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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1972
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Alpena, Michigan
Last Address
Iraq

Casualty Date
Aug 22, 2006
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Alpena, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2006, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar
Navy Senior EOD Badge
Scuba Diver Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1992, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments - StaffNaval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3Naval Diving Salvage Training Center (Staff)Underwater Construction Team Two (UCT-2)
Underwater Construction Team One (UCT-1)CBU-418Navy Diving & Salvage Training Center (Faculty Staff) Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
Advancement Schools and CoursesExplosive Ordnance Disposal  Group 2 (EODGRU 2), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
  1992-1992, SW-0000, (SW) Steelworker A School
  1992-1994, SW-0000, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3
  1994-1994, SW-0000, Naval Diving Salvage Training Center (Staff)
  1994-1995, SW-0000, Underwater Construction Team Two (UCT-2)
  1995-1998, SW-0000, Underwater Construction Team One (UCT-1)
  1998-2000, SW-0000, CBU-418
  2000-2001, EOD-5302, EOD Diver School
  2001-2002, EOD-5333, Naval EOD School Det, Eglin AFB
  2002-2002, EOD-5333, Basic Airborne School
  2002-2006, EOD-5333, EOD Mobile Unit 2 (EODMU 2), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODGRU 2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2005-2007 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)
  2005-2007 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Karie's husband was gone more than he was home the past few years which made the few months they had together this spring with their young daughter extra special. The few month he was home before this deployment they were closer than they've ever been. The couple met in high school in Alpena, Mich. Married since 1994, they couple has a daughter, Kailey Rose. The past 12 months had been momentous for Paul, who was born in Spain and lived in Japan as an Army brat before his father retired and the family moved to Michigan. Early this year, he spent more than two weeks of leave from the Middle East visiting his mother, who was dying of cancer. He'd been given the option of going to Michigan to see her while she was still alive, or returning to the United States for her funeral. He needed the time with her when she could talk. They had some wonderful conversations. He treasured that time. His mother died in March. He knew the risks and was fully trained and confident in his abilities. Paul started his 16-year Navy career as a Seabee, then went to diving school and joined an underwater construction team at Little Creek. After a number of assignments and 12 months of rigorous EOD training in Florida, Darga and his wife returned to Hampton Roads in April 2002, when he joined Little Creek's EOD Mobile Unit Two. Two years later, Karie Darga gave birth to their daughter. His heart began to melt the day I found out that she was pregnant. In his little free time, Paul enjoyed woodworking and tinkering on his beloved green 1995 Mustang. Karie would work with him under the hood; the couple did everything together. Now her thoughts have turned to figuring out a way to preserve her husband's memory for their daughter. She's decided to create a box in which she and others who loved Paul can place items that help explain to Kailey who her father was. He was 34.

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