Fort Benning soldier dies in Iraq

By MICK WALSHmwalsh@ledger-enquirer.com

Kynesha Dhanoolal had already begun the countdown to the day her husband, Sgt. Darren Dhanoolal, would be returning home from Iraq.

"He told me late April or early May at the latest," said Kynesha this morning. "We were going to visit his family in Trinidad as soon as he got back."

But Monday night those plans changed dramatically.

Sergeant Dhanoolal, a member of Fort Benning's 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, was killed when the massive Buffalo vehicle he was driving was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

He became the second member of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team to die in Iraq this year and the first since Jan. 7.

"It wasn't his time to go," said a tearful Kynesha Dhanoolal today. "He was so full of life. We were looking forward to starting a family when he got back."

Kynesha is staying at the home of her parents, Walter and Yvonne Watkins of Columbus.

The couple was married on Valentine's Day 2007, shortly before the 2-69 shipped off to Iraq.