Indiana family of soldier killed in Afghanistan reacts to Taliban rule

Photographs of Dale R. Griffin are displayed in the Indiana Remembering Our Fallen memorial display at the Honoring Hoosier Heroes program in the Pioneer Village Opry House at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. Hand written notes from friends and family who have visited the memorial are attached to the posters.

What did he die for?

Was the worth price it?  

What’s any totally different?

These are the questions Gene Griffin requested himself as he watched the Taliban retake Afghanistan, toppling Kabul and declaring themselves de facto rulers of the nation.

They’re the identical questions he requested 12 years in the past. The identical emotions of uncertainty that weighed on his thoughts when his son, Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, 29, of Terre Haute, was killed in an improvised explosive gadget assault in Afghanistan’s Arghandab Valley on Oct. 27, 2009. 

On the time, reassurance from a high-ranking navy commander and good friend that Dale fought an essential, crucial and important battle “helped me not go as deep,” Gene stated. And, years later, others within the navy group are reaching out to examine in on the Griffins.


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