SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.: Siouxland Freedom Park & John Douangdara Statue

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Posted: Nov 11, 2011 10:49 PM EDT

By Matt Breen, Evening Anchor – bio | email

As we honor our veterans across the country, a tribute Friday night to a young Siouxland man, who didn’t come home.

After the national anthem at the Sioux City Musketeer hockey game, officers from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department rappelled down the wall with a banner bearing a picture of John Doungdara, and his dog.

In August, Navy Master at Arms Doungdara, of South Sioux City, died when his chopper was shot down and crashed in Afghanistan.

His family watched a video tribute at center ice, and was presented with the banner. “We are here to honor Johnny Doungdara, a true hero, who didn’t even live his entire life in this country, but he gave his.”

The Doungdara family was presented with a $1,000 check for a new dog park to be built near the Freedom Park in South Sioux City. Doungdara was a dog handler for the Navy Seals.


Lao Immigrant Family Learns Son Died in Afghan Helicopter Crash

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. — The family of a U.S. Navy SEAL serving in Afghanistan confirmed the death of their son and brother on Saturday in a helicopter crash in Wardak province.

The city is located just across the river from Sioux City, Iowa.

Sengchanh Douangdara, the mother of U.S. Navy SEAL John Douangdara, said military officials approached her home at 10 a.m. Saturday to deliver the news of her son’s death. Master at Arms, Class 1 John Douangdara, 26, was a dog handler for the elite military unit.

The 2003 South Sioux City High School graduate was aboard a Chinook helicopter with 37 others when the aircraft was shot down during an anti-Taliban operation in the Tangi Valley.

Thirty U.S. troops were killed, including nearly two dozen members of the U.S. Navy SEALs. Seven Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter also were killed in the deadliest incident for U.S. forces since the start of the decadelong war.

“I didn’t even know Johnny was a Navy SEAL,” his mother said. “I know that he loved his job, it was a job he chose.”


One Comment to “SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb.: Siouxland Freedom Park & John Douangdara Statue”

  1. My wife Barbara and I have lived in South Sioux City since 1962 when I began my teaching career with the South Sioux City Community School District. We raise three children, Mark (deceased), Denise and Jill. We have been Blessed with nine grandchildren and five (and counting) great-grandchildren. I retired from my educational profession in 1997 and my military career in 1987. With retirement I entered into community service as a city councilperson, mayor, county board member and now I am returning to the office of Mayor of South Sioux City. City government provides me the opportunity to listen to the needs of the citizens and work to satisfy those needs to reality. The immediate challenge for the city is to increase our economic development that will bring more industrial growth with jobs for our citizens. We must continue to maintain our quality of life while providing services at a reasonable cost.

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