It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Specialist Daniel Unger, age 19, on 25 May 2004. He died as a result of a mortar attack in Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskanariyah) Iraq. He is survived by his mother and father.
Specialist Unger joined the California Army National Guard on 13 August 2002. He was a young man with a strong sense of patriotism and desire to serve in the military. His high school coach, Steve Garver, noted that “he was one of the only students I ever met who knew exactly what he wanted to do in life and was doing it”. Specialist Unger completed basic and infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduation he returned to his home unit, Det 1, Co A, 1/185th Infantry. He was mobilized on 15 November 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.