Lake County Ranger Killed in Afghanistan

Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock II killed during explosion at ammunition facility

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Jul 12, 2010  |  Updated 9:24 PM CDT
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Lake County Ranger Killed in Afghanistan

Joseph Whiting Dimock II

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An Army Ranger from Lake County has been killed in Afghanistan.

Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock II, 21, Wildwood was killed during in an explosion at an ammunition holding facility during a check of the inventory.

The explosion also injured another Ranger.

Dimock enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007, according to a release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. For nearly three years, he served as a rifleman in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

"Ranger Dimock represented everything right with America. He was an incredibly talented young man, who volunteered to serve his nation in a time of war and ultimately gave his life in support of her cause," said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion Commander.

"His loss is felt across the entire battalion and our thoughts and prayers are with the Dimock family."

He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.  He'd previously served in Iraq.

"Spc. Dimock was a warrior who chose a higher calling and deployed three times in support of the Nation. Joseph remains a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family,” said Col. Michael Kurilla, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Dimock is survived by his parents, Joseph and Ellen Dimock, and two younger brothers.

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