Fallen Hero PFC Douglas L. Cordo, United States Army

PFC Douglas L. Cordo

July 7, 1991 - August 19, 2011
United States Army

When Gold Star Mother, Tracy Karson, requested a portrait on fallenheroportraits.com this is what she wrote on the request form:

“My son was my only child. He was a great young man who would do anything to make you laugh. He volunteered to drive that awful day, and hit an IED. I’m heart broken. Douglas was loved by so many. It’s been over three years and many still have a hard time. He had such an impact on people’s lives. He always felt life was too short to be sad so let’s have fun. He always had a smile on his face. My last day I spent with my son was when he stood up with me when I got married, 3-19-11, then he had to leave at 4 am. I gave him his last hug. He is my Hero.”

Douglas grew up in Kingston, NY. graduating from Kingston High school in 2009. He played junior varsity football, Kingston Little League, Babe Ruth, and soccer. He was an ardent fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Jets. Doug joined the Army in March of 2010, and graduated from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Benning, GA. He regarded his mission in Afghanistan as the most serious aspect of his young life. He wore his uniform with pride and carried himself with conviction.

Everyone who knew Doug spoke about his courage and conviction. “He always wanted to be out with the soldiers,” Gen. John MGuinness said. “He always cheered people up, day in and day out. I’ve been in that part of Afghanistan and it’s a rough place, where people need their spirits lifted.” He was a soldier who always did more than was expected of him and he frequently offered to carry additional supplies while on patrol in the treacherous Zabul Province.

Douglas was contemplating a career in law enforcement upon his discharge from the Army. This courageous young man will forever be missed by his family and friends. He was 20 years old.

Portrait sponsored by:
- Lance Cpl. Curtis M. Swenson Memorial Fund, Rochester, Minnesota