Soldier Honored: Bernard L. Deghand
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Master Sgt.
Army Master Sergeant Bernard L. Deghand of Mayetta, Kansas was assigned to the 35th Division Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard. On September 15, 2006, MSG Deghand and his unit encountered enemy fire in Spira, Afghanistan during combat operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. MSG Deghand was killed that day at the age of 42.
Bernard Deghand joined the US Army Delayed Entry Program while he was still in high school. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1982. After graduation, he served in the Army Reserves until transferring to the Kansas National Guard in 1986. In 2006, he was given the choice of a year’s deployment in either Iraq or Afghanistan. MSG Deghand chose Afghanistan. Before his deployment in 2000, MSG Deghand married, and the couple built their dream home. He also enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams.
MSG Deghand is survived by his wife and three children. One of his children was a Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship recipient.