Army Sergeant Sean “Preacher” Duran, born May of 1986, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sean spent the majority of his youth growing up and attending school in Midvale, Utah until the age of 15 when he moved to Bastrop, Texas. While attending Bastrop High School, he was actively involved in ROTC. At the age of 17, he joined the Texas National Guard and went to basic training. He graduated in 2005 and went on to excel in his military service and was chosen by his leadership to attend Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He was currently enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Irving, Texas to pursue a passion in cooking.
SGT Sean Duran was a member of the 36th ID and deployed with Foxtrot Company 949th Infantry Unit in August of 2008. He served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2008 to August 2009. While in Iraq, SGT Duran was a wealth of information and an invaluable support to all who served with him. While running Combat Logistical Patrols with his platoon he served as communications Sergeant. While on a mission, SGT Duran earned his nickname ‘Preacher’ by saying a prayer before the element would return to its home base.
SGT Duran also played in integral part in training the replacement units and was also selected to train the Iraqi military in use of the ASV tactical vehicle. SGT Duran was the recipient of many medals, including the Bronze Star.
SGT Sean Duran lost his battle with PTSD, March 14, 2010. He was 23 years old.