York, PA - First Lt. Daren Hidalgo came from a family that followed a philosophy in which each member, somehow, should contribute to their country.
"My boys all decided to go into the military," said Jorge Hidalgo, father of the late Daren Hidalgo.
A 2005 graduate of Dallastown Area High School, Daren Hidalgo, 24, was killed Sunday near Mama Kiriz, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations, according to the website of the 2nd Cavalry Association and Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations.
He was assigned to G Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Germany.
After high school, Daren Hidalgo received a U.S. Military Academy appointment to West Point. His father
Daren Hidalgo graduated from the military academy in 2009 and then completed a year's worth of training before heading to Afghanistan, Jorge Hidalgo said.
Daren's father described his late son as hard working and willing to take on a challenge. He remembered his son's smile. He said Daren was kind-hearted and the "sparkle in everyone's eye."