Berkshire County Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

May 17, 2013

A U.S. Army soldier from the Berkshire County town of Dalton was among three killed Tuesday in an attack in Afghanistan.

According to military officials 24-year old Army Spc. Mitchell Kirk Daehling was killed along with fellow soldiers Spc. William Joseph Gilbert and Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker. The soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device.

Daehling was a 2006 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School. On the school’s website a statement reads in part, “Mitch was a true "Warrior" in every sense of the word.” The school’s mascot is the Warrior.

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said in a statement, “Specialist Daehling was a brave young man who represented the best of America, and he will remain in my thoughts and prayers,"   

Daehling is survived by his wife, Samantha Daehling. They were married in June of last year.