Sergeant Dustin Perrott

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Sgt Dustin Perrott was born in Spostyslvania Va on May 5 1984. He graduated from Chancellor High School in 2003. Dusty decided to join the military after 9/11 occurred, he wanted to fight for this Nation's freedom, no matter the cost. Dusty, as he was know to his friends and family, 'jumped' right into Army Basic training and was assigned to the 508! His favorite thing about the Army was jumping out of plane's. Before his death he was working on both his Jumpmaster training and getting a "D" skydiving license. Dusty was a kind and gentle soul who will be greatly missed! 

The following is a little bit more about Dusty and a ceremony they had for him after his death in Afghanistan:

"Sgt. Dustin Perrott’s boots lay beneath an American flag lowered to half-staff as members of his company gave a final salute.
Perrott’s first sergeant barked out his squad’s roll call, shouting the fallen soldier’s name three times into the still evening air. When the 23-year-old did not answer, a 21-gun salute shattered the silence. A bugler played taps.
“We place so much on the shoulders of men like Sergeant Perrott, and as his commander I’m glad he chose to serve,” Lt. Col. Timothy McAteer, Perrott’s battalion commander, told the several hundred soldiers gathered at the ceremony June 23. “We must never let our nation forget his sacrifice.”
Called “Dusty” by the men in his company, the Virginia man volunteered to go to Iraq in December 2004. He had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and a Purple Heart. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The roar from two Black Hawk helicopters that brought in the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, washed out the first minutes of the ceremony, held under a fading sun.
When the helicopters pulled away, sniffles from soldiers standing at attention could be heard.
Spc. Clinton Vance, a friend, quoted the Book of Isaiah: “The path I have chosen for you is this, to loosen the bonds of wickedness.”
“He volunteered to leave his house and his wife to let those oppressed go free,” Vance said.
A soldier played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes as soldiers wept. The men and women of the battalion filed past Perrott’s boots, rifle and helmet. One knelt, another made the sign of the cross.
“It’s a great way to say goodbye to a brave hero,” Rodriguez said afterward, tears welling in his eyes. As the commanding general of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, he attends almost every memorial ceremony.
As the last rays of light faded, soldiers from Perrott’s company gathered for a final photo in front of his gear.
A giant reconnaissance blimp that had been lowered for the ceremony rose into the air to survey the base’s surroundings. Diesel generators roared back to life, spewing acrid smoke into the sky. Soldiers walked away in silence, returning to their tasks.
Army Sgt. Dustin J. Perrott was killed in action on 6/21/07."

Dusty was preceded in death by his father, Robert Griffith Perrott, and is buried with him at Oak Hill cemetery.. Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie Perrott of Fort Bragg, N.C.; his mother and step-father, Susan J. and John C. Calamos; sister and brother-in-law, Angeline P. Barr and James C. Barr and their children, Caleb and Lance; paternal grandmother, Martha Meyer; half-sisters, Wanda Perrott and Susan Perrott; half-brother, Robert Perrott; mother-in-law, Sue Gibbs Duhamel; brother-in-law, Robert Gibbs and his son, Devin Gibbs.