Frankfort, KY – In May, 27-year old Specialist Daniel Wallace of Dry Ridge deployed to Afghanistan with a Kentucky National Guard engineering unit. On Friday, while the unit was clearing roadside bombs, Wallace died in a firefight with Taliban attackers. His brother Alex also serves in the Guard, as a medic. "I'm going to keep carrying on. I know he wants me to serve my full time, which is what I'm going to do. I'm going to do what I promised him. I'm going to make a career out of the military."
Daniel Wallace, who was posthumously promoted to Sergeant, was the third Kentucky Guard soldier to die in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his parents, two brothers, a sister and a six-year old son. He is the 17th Kentucky National Guard soldier to die in a combat zone in southwest Asia since 2001.