Saturday, September 20, 2008


Former West OC restaurant worker killed in Afghanistan

By Nancy Powell
Associate Editor ––––––––––

Employees of a West Ocean City restaurant mourned the loss of a former co-worker on Monday as they attended funeral services in Pennsylva-nia for Pvt. Michael Dinterman, who was killed in Afghanistan.

Dinterman 18, originally from Littlestown, Pa., died Sept. 6 at Outpost Restrepo, Kunar Province in Afghanistan after taking enemy fire while on foot patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

“It was devastating to all of us,” said Tom Dickerson, owner of the Greene Turtle West, where Dinterman worked in the kitchen for more than eight months.

Dinterman graduated from Bowling Brook Preparatory School in Carroll County, Md., in 2006, and then attended Harrisburg Area Community College at its campus in Gettysburg, where he studied culinary arts. He then moved to Ocean Pines and lived with his cousin, Jesse Branson, the kitchen manager at the Greene Turtle West.

Dinterman had told his co-workers at the West Ocean City restaurant that he was enlisting in the Army.

“He was young and wanted to do something that was meaningful,” Dickerson said. “He was determined and happy with his decision.”

Dinterman joined the Army in January and six months later, was deployed to Af-ghanistan. He was expecting to serve with the Army in Afghanistan for 12 to 15 months, but he served just one month before he was killed by enemy fire.

According to the “Evening Sun” of Hanover, Pa., Dinterman was captivated by the Afghanistan’s mountainous landscape, which is much different from the one he knew in Pennsylvania.

The Evening Sun also reported that Dinterman hoped to become a ranger and join a SWAT team after his Army enlistment ended.

On his MySpace page on the Internet, Dinterman wrote, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” He could sometimes access the Internet from Afghanistan and his page indicates he logged in Sept. 2, just four days before his death.

On his Web site, he wrote,” I am 18 and currently stationed in Afghanistan. I’ll be here for a while. I am part of the U.S. Infantry; the best job known to man.”
Dinterman’s MySpace page now has messages from friends thanking him for his service to the country, telling him he’s an American hero and giving him their final goodbyes.

Dinterman’s funeral was held Monday in Hanover, Pa. He was posthumously given the rank Private First Class. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

This young mans cousin is a friend of my son Michael's as well as myself. My heart really breaks for this family. I cry every time I read this article. This young man believed in what he was doing and his family is very proud of him.

My son will be home next week for good. Out of the service. Much sooner than we expected and thank goodness. I couldn't spare him a minute more.


Blogger just me said...

I mourn with you at the loss of this wonderful young man. I am so glad Micheal will be home with you.

9/21/2008 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

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Glad to hear Michael will be home once again!

9/23/2008 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

I'm so sorry for this family. He sounded like a wonderful kid.
I'm so happy for you that Michael is coming home for good

9/23/2008 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

soo sooo sad...
so good to hear that mIcheal is coming home...for good...

9/24/2008 12:10:00 AM  

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