Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Pfc. Nathaniel E. Detample
From: Morrisville, Pa.
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Philadelphia
Incident: Army Pfc. Nathaniel E. Detample was killed Aug. 9 when a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small-arms fire as he was investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident in Bayji, Iraq. Also
Soldier killed in explosion in Iraq
Nathaniel E. DeTample may have been small in stature, but not in courage.
“All 130 pounds of Nate were always ready to stand tall and take on someone twice his size,” said the Rev. David Farina, pastor of the Calvary Full Gospel Church.
DeTample, 19, of Morrisville, Pa., died Aug. 9 in Bayji after coming under attack. He was based in Philadelphia.
A wrestler, an Eagle Scout and a criminal justice major at Shippensburg University, DeTample impressed all with a dogged willingness to serve.
“He led the charge since the day I met him. He was always the guy who said, ‘Follow me,”’ said Vince Paulauskas, committee chairman for DeTample’s Boy Scout troop.
DeTample looked substantially younger than he was, earning him the nickname of “Baby Boy.” He also loved the Phillies, and for a while in high school, he became fanatical about wearing…