Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz dies of wounds from helicopter crash

May 31, 2010 

A Fort Benning Ranger died April 9 in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz, 23, of Ramsey, N.J., died from wounds he sustained when the CV-22 Osprey he was flying in crashed in Zabul province, the defense department said.

A government contractor and two Air force members also were killed in the crash.

Jankiewicz was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, authorities said. He was on his second tour in Afghanistan and had been previously deployed twice to Iraq.

Jankiewicz was a graduate of Bergen County Technical High School. He enlisted in July 2006.

The Ranger enjoyed golf and history and dreamed of being a soldier at a young age, The Record reported his father, Anthony, as saying.

Jankiewicz always had wanted a German Shepherd, and had a stuffed one as a child, said his sister, Michelle, according to The Record. He got a real German Shepherd some six months ago, and an Army friend is planning to bring “Hans” from Fort Benning to Ramsey.

Jankiewicz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, The Record said.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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