Pfc. Christopher P. Dona, 21, died during an airborne proficiency jump at Taylors Creek Drop Zone, Fort Stewart, Ga., June 13, 2013.
Dona was found on the drop zone unconscious and without a pulse. Ranger medics and Fort Stewart emergency medical response technicians were unable to revive him.
Dona was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., as an automatic rifleman.
A native of Dudley, Mass., Dona returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan in May.
Dona was born March 11, 1992, in Dudley, Mass. and graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School. After he enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2012, Dona completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning.
Dona graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, in August 2012.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.
His awards and decorations include the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.
Dona has also been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
He was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Dona is survived by his parents, Paul and Maryann Dona, his sister, Melissa, and his brother, Brian, all from Dudley, Mass.
As a Ranger, Pfc. Christopher P. Dona selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.
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