Soldier Honored: Sean D. Diamond
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Army Staff Sergeant Sean D. Diamond, 41, of Dublin, California was assigned to the 610th Engineer Support Company, 555th Engineer Brigade in Fort Lewis, Washington. On February 15, 2009, while serving under Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, SSG Diamond was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Salam, Iraq.
SSG Diamond first joined the Army in 1987, spending two years in active duty and six years in the Army Reserve. After a brief break in service, he returned to active duty after the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and became a heavy equipment operator. SSG Diamond participated in more than 100 combat patrols with his company and worked on more than 25 construction projects. SSG Diamond was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Achievement medal with four oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Award, and the Army Good Conduct medal with one oak leaf cluster for his service and sacrifice.
“I met SSG Diamond in 2006, he and I served together, and he always guided me and provided mentorship as a soldier, NCO and as a father,” SPC Shawn Durnen said. His son said, “What I admire the most was that my dad never talked badly about anyone and made sure that we were always happy. To my dad, family always came first. To know my dad is to have a friend for life.”
All four SSG Diamond’s children are Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients.