1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo
Lt. Daren M Hidalgo, 24, was killed in action Saturday, Feb. 20, 2011,
while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Daren attended Kettle Moraine Middle School and Kettle
Moraine High School and was a member of the school band and wrestled
there. He graduated from Pennsylvania’s Dallastown Area High School in
2005, where he was a championship wrestler, National Honor Society member
and a trumpeter in the school marching band.
Daren was accepted to the prestigious U.S. Military
Academy (USMA) at West Point, N.Y. He excelled at the academy, serving as
G-4 Company Commander during his senior year. Daren graduated near the top
of the Class of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In the Army, he
completed numerous courses to include the extremely challenging Ranger
Earning the coveted Ranger Tab was one of the many proud moments
of his short career. Daren was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Ghostrider
Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
Deployed to the Maiwand District of Afghanistan in
October 2010, Daren executed his duties and responsibilities to
perfection. Throughout numerous combat engagements, he gained a reputation
in the squadron that was second to none. His ability to assess any
situation and fix any problem was awe-inspiring to those who knew him.
Daren’s greatest talent was his ability to maintain a positive attitude
and inspire each of his soldiers to be great. He was a man who stood up
when others would not and a man who said "send me" when others
wouldn’t go. He has earned posthumously the award of a Bronze Star and
the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Daren was known for his winning smile and engaging
personality. He was a jokester and prankster, always looking to cheer up
people around him. His strength of character and empathy endeared him to
all who met him.
Daren will be sadly missed by his parents, Jorge and
Andrea; siblings, Jared (Jenny) Hidalgo, Miles (Caroline) Hidalgo and
Carmen (Mike) Spellman; nephews, Wade and Carson; and his niece, Lexie.
His extended family and many friends will miss him also.
Daren’s life and legacy will never be forgotten. All
of us fortunate enough to have known him will cherish his memory, love and
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2, at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101
Highway SS, Pewaukee. A remembrance presentation will begin at 3:45 p.m.,
with the funeral Mass at 4 p.m. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery in
New York later this week.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the
Daren M. Hidalgo Memorial Fund. It will be used for future scholarships
and support of wounded soldiers.
Donations can be made at any US Bank in the country. A
local mailing address is US Bank, 2040 W. Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI
For further information, please call Randle-Dable
Funeral, Cremation, & Preplanning Services at 547-4035. To leave the
family an online tribute message, visit www.waukeshafunerals.com