Fallen Soldier: Douglas DiCenzo

Douglas DiCenzo
Dates: Died May 25, 2006
Hometown: Plymouth, NH
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Player: Camila Burnett

Army Capt. Douglas A. DiCenzo, 30, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. He was killed alongside a fellow soldier on May 25, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad.

A graduate of Plymouth Regional High School, DiCenzo excelled both in the classroom and athletically. A natural leader, he was the president of his class, a member of Nation Honor Society, captained the football and wrestling teams and won a state championship with the former. Upon graduation, he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point- fulfilling his interest in the Army and serving his country.

He was company commander for C Company in the 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade based in Baumholder. DiCenzo’s post-graduation training took place in Georgia, where he met his wife, Nicole. The couple had one son, Dakin, who was born in 2004. In his honor, his family founded the Captain Douglas DiCenzo Camp Fund in 2007 “to help send kids to camps, programs, and educational events.” In the fund’s 15-year existence, they have sent over 2,300 children to camps and touched thousands more.