GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) After enlisting in 2004, Daniel Diebold served three tours overseas with the Army – two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.
Working in the field artillery, he saw things that stuck with him even after his service ended. One happened while on an MSR sweep in Iraq when he noticed a suspicious vehicle.
“I said ‘these guys are doing something, they have weapons, I can see the weapons,'” Daniel said.
The vehicle took off as Daniel and his team got closer. It appeared that the vehicle had shot up a truck next to it on the road.
“There were six people in the vehicle, five of them died,” Daniel said.
He added that he wasn’t sure what the incident was about, but he couldn’t get the images out of his head because children were involved.
“That really messed with me because I have a kid,” he said.
Daniel struggled with his addiction to alcohol when he returned home, and his life took a turn for the worst in 2015.
“I went down to this beach that I liked to hang out at, watched the sunset and I chose to try to chug a gallon of alcohol,” he said.
Daniel was found the next day unconcious.
“My body temperature was 38 degrees,” Daniel said. “They said that hypothermia set in. I was partially in the water, I had damage to my leg. I think the accident is what caused me to be more positive about things because of the position and disposition I was in.”
Daniel got help and quit drinking, and now he spends his time helping the DAV Chapter 3 out of Green Bay.
“It’s to honor the fallen by taking care of the ones who are still here,” said Daniel.
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