Dale Justin Kridlo – Specialist, United States Army

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

November 09, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died November 7, 2010, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire.

Killed were:

Sergeant Aaron B. Cruttenden, 25, of Mesa, Arizona

Specialist Dale J. Kridlo, 33, Hughestown, Pennsylvania

They were assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

13 November 2010:

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Hughestown, Pennsylvania, soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan.

A viewing for U.S. Army Secialist Dale Kridlo, 33, will be held Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard armory in West Pittston, said Bob Lussi of Howell-Lussi Funeral Home in West Pittston, which is handling the arrangements.

The funeral service with military honors will be held Wednesday starting at 9:45 a.m. with a procession from the armory to St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston for a Mass of Christian Burial, which begins at 10:30 a.m., Lussi said.

Kridlo will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, at a later date. 

That process could take several weeks, Lussi said.

Kridlo and another soldier, Cpl. Aaron Cruttenden of Mesa, Ariz., were killed by gunfire Sunday during an insurgent attack in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has said.

The Pittston Area High School graduate was in the second year of a six-year commitment to the U.S. Army, a branch in which his father and grandfather served. He was scheduled to return home within the next month after a yearlong tour of duty.

Kridlo's body remained Friday at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. The U.S. Army is expected to fly his body to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Monday, Lussi said.

November 7, 2010:

Specialist Dale J. Kridlo, 33 of Hughestown, Pennsylvania, was killed November 7, 2010 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered by insurgents attacks on their unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


He was the son of Albert Kridlo, Hughestown and Michelle Dale, Vero Beach, Florida. He was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, and a former member of Holy Rosary Church, Duryea. Before enlisting, he worked as a painting contractor.

He loved to hunt, fish, and was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers. He was a member of the Upper Pittston Sportsman Club.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Aloysius A. Kridlo who was awarded the Silver Star medal for his service during World War II, maternal grandparents, Francis and Anna Szymanski and aunt, Barbara Rice.

He is also survived by nine-year old twin daughters, Madelyne and Zoe Kridlo; brother, Damian, Hamburg, Germany; grandmother, Alberta Kridlo, Pittston; aunts and uncles, Deborah and Bernard Rachilla, Renee Marsola, both of West Wyoming; Lynn and Robert Cingolani, Tunkhannock; Geraldine and Allen Sigman, Colorado; and William Rice, Maryland; cousins, Brandon Marsola, Ryan and Justin Rachilla, Michael and Glenn Rice, Cheryl Sigman Brown and Darryl Sigman .

Funeral services with full Military Honors will be held Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. from the 109th Armory, Susquehanna Ave, West Pittston with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Msgr. John Bendik will officiate.

Relatives and friends may call at the 109th Armory, West Pittston on Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, 18 November 2010, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Madelyne Kridlo and Zoe Kridlo Scholarship Fund in care of FNBC Community Bank.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/27/1977
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/07/2010






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