|OUR HOMETOWN HERO
|Sgt. James Daniel Faulkner
|April 28, 1981 - September 8, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom - Baghdad, Iraq
|"Dan The Man"
|You may not have known James Daniel Faulkner but there is a good chance that you know one of his family
members. Of the six Faulkner children, Daniel or “Dan the Man” as he came to be called was the oldest son.
He was a quiet and gentle person who always wore a smile and left you with the impression that he was
content to watch the world go by around him. But nothing could be further from the truth. Daniel was a person
of great inner strength and not one to be easily swayed by peer pressure or popular trends. And while
normally quiet, when he spoke people listened.
Daniel attended Green Acres Elementary and Clarksville Middle Schools prior to attending and graduating
from Clarksville High School in 1999. While in high school Daniel was a member of the National Honor
Society, as well as the Track and Cross Country Teams. His coach, Darryl Kingery, was a big influence in
Daniel's life and the two of them forged a close friendship. It was Daniel’s dream to become a high school
track and field coach and carry on in the tradition of his beloved “Coach K”
Daniel believed that one had to stand for something in order to keep from falling for anything. Daniel stood
for honesty, integrity and bravery. He was kind to his fellow man and would gladly offer the shirt off his own
back if he thought there was a need. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Daniel joined an
organization whose values are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal
Courage, The United States Army.
After a year of classes at Indiana University Southeast Daniel decided that his future was in the United
States Army. In early November of 2000 Daniel enlisted, selecting Combat Engineering as his preferred
Daniel attended basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri after which he attended Jump School in Ft.
Benning Georgia where he became a qualified parachutist. He then returned to Ft. Leonard Wood to
complete his Advanced Infantry and Engineering training, after which he was assigned to B Company, 20th
Engineering Battalion of the First Cavalry Division stationed at Ft. Hood Texas.
It was during this time in Texas that Daniel became engaged to his fiancée, Lisa Moreno. They made plans
to be wed in San Antonio Texas in the summer of 2005 after his return from Iraq. Daniel had previously
been introduced to Lisa, the best friend of his sister Heather, while she and Lisa were students at the
University of Evansville in Southern Indiana.
Daniel’s unit was deployed to Iraq in March of 2004 where they performed various peacekeeping activities
in and around the city of Baghdad. In mid August of 2004 Daniel came home on leave and spent the time
visiting his fiancée, friends and family. During this visit Daniel announced that he had reenlisted and that
upon completion of his tour in Iraq his next duty station would be in Hawaii. He also planned to buy a
motorcycle and resume his college education.
After returning to Baghdad the first of September Sergeant James Daniel Faulkner was killed in action on
September 8, 2004 by an improvised explosive device while helping his fellow man and serving his country.
Daniel’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and The Army
A memorial scholarship fund has been established to perpetuate the memory and presence of James
Daniel Faulkner in the Clarksville Indiana community. The scholarship is funded through an annual golf
scramble held at the Wooded View Golf Course each fall. Information regarding the scholarship and golf
scramble can be found on this website by clicking on the appropriate buttons on the left hand side of the
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