Sailor From Colorado Springs Killed By Trainee In Afghanistan

PO1 Darrel Enos is a serviceman now at rest.

He was Patricia Loren’s youngest son. He was a husband, a father, and a twin to his brother Dale.

"I just hate that he's gone. I never thought it would happen to Darrel," Dale said

What happened is a story playing out more and more in recent days in Afghanistan. Darrel was in the Navy, attached to a Marine battalion training Afghan police recruits. One of those recruits turned his gun on his trainers. Darrel was killed, and his family was informed Friday.

"Darrel was very proud to be serving his country always, but it's such a needless loss," his mother Patricia said.

This year, members of Afghan security forces have killed at least 36 coalition troops. Despite this, the mission to train them will continue.

This was Darrel’s fifth tour. Darrel was supposed to be home in about a week to visit his family.

“I think that nobody should have to deploy that many times," said Patricia.

Dale says his brother went willingly, doing what he did best.

"Darrel always loved to help people,” he said. “That's what he thought he was doing over there."

Now, over here, the ones who know him best say they'll remember their hero at rest until they meet again.

His mother Patricia is preparing to leave for Delaware to meet his casket this weekend. Darrel will be honored at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and later in Colorado Springs where he grew up.

Most U.S. and allied troops are scheduled to leave in 2014.



 
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