SPC Daniel A. Leckel, 19, of Glendale, Oregon, was killed July 25, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
Leckel graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, Oregon in 2005. During high school, he was the manager of the school's football, basketball and baseball teams. He injured his hand during pre-season practices freshman year and could not play, but joined the teams as manager and spproached it with enthusiasm. He was known to his freinds as 'Leck' or 'De-Leck-table'.
"He had a great sense of humor and had a good heart," said Holly Wilmot, who graduated with Lecker. "He was one in a million."
Daniel has a My Space Page - http://www.myspace.com/danthemanleckel
"I like to hang out with friends, watch movies, and play or watch sports. My Heroes: Jesus Christ, my friends, my parents."
In high school, Leckel wrote for the school newspaper and planned to become a journalist.
He joined the Army in January 2006, and deployed to Iraq in January of 2007.
The funeral for Daniel Leckel will be held on Saturday, August 4, at 10 am, at Glendale High School. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders will attend the services and pay honor to Daniel.
We will keep Daniel's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.