Friday, February 11, 2011

Dennis L. Sellen Jr., Army National Guard, Specialist -- Rest In Peace

Dennis L. Sellen Jr., 20

Army National Guard, Specialist
Based: Fresno
1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: February 11, 2007
Umm Qasr, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Newhall
High School: John F. Kennedy High (Granada Hills)
Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale
From Oregon Live:
Though Dennis L. Sellen Jr.''s father died before he ever met him, his family recalled that he sang, walked and clowned just like his dad. "Friends loved them; they're the same," said Silvia Sellen Jara, Sellen's mother. "Every time I'm thinking about that--how amazing and good is God--my son is exactly like my husband even though he didn't know him."

Sellen, 20, of Newhall, Calif., died Feb. 11 in Umm Qasr of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to Fresno.

He sang in the high school chorus and was a dynamite mascot for the football and basketball teams, where he would breakdance on the smooth gym floor. He also was on the drill team, twirling rifles with one hand. Sellen attended College of the Canyons for one semester as a part-time student in spring 2006. He took classes in graphics, media design and computer networking.

Sellen enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in November 2003, transferring to the California National Guard in March 2006, and was serving his first tour in Iraq. His father was on active duty in Panama in 1987 when he was debilitated by a circulatory disease, and died a year later.
Read more about Army National Guard Specialist Dennis L. Sellen, Jr. at the Iraq Page, in the LA Times and at Spread The Word and visit Specialist Sellen's Guest Book.

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