TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute native Sergeant Dale Griffin died this week, whileserving in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, as word got out of Griffin's death, staff membersat his former high school, Terre Haute South Vigo, had vividmemories of the fallen soldiers.
The staff described him with words like leader, team player andoutgoing. Former teacher Jim Mann said he had an outgoingpersonality. "He had a desire to be successful. I have alwaysremembered that about him," Mann said.
From the classroom to the floor mats, his wrestling coachremembered him as a team player.
"He was never a look at me look, look at all of the great thingsI have done. He would say, hey the team did great today. We had agreat practice. We have achieved some great goals, never about me,never about I. He wasn't the Hollywood guy that wanted the camerapointed at him all of the time," Griffin’s wrestling coachSteve Joseph said.
Griffin’s Football coach recalled memories about theleader he was. "Challenges never bothered him. He was real straightforward, real competitive. Just a great kid," Griffin’sFootball Coach Jay Engle said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made for Sgt. DaleGriffin.
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