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Manchester High School Roads Named for Army Heroes

October 20, 2017
Communications and Media

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Today, Chesterfield County government and schools officials named two roads at Manchester High School in honor of fallen soldiers, Staff Sgt. Darryl Demetrial Booker and Sgt. Forrest Dane Cauthorn, of the U.S. Army.

The ceremony marked the official naming of the roads to Darryl Booker Way and Dane Cauthorn Way, to honor these two heroes who both attended Manchester High School.

Staff Sgt. Booker, 37, died in Iraq's Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on Jan. 20, 2007, when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was in crashed. They were supporting Operation Iraq Freedom at the time of the crash. Twelve National Guard soldiers from seven states and the U.S. Virgin Islands died in the crash after being shot down by an al-Qaida-linked coalition known as The Islamic State. Booker was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard.

Sgt. Cauthorn, 22, died in Iraq on April 5, 2007, during Operation Iraq Freedom. He died in Hawijah of wounds suffered when his unit encountered enemy forces using small arms and grenades. Cauthorn was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Sgt. Cauthorn of Midlothian, Va., attended Manchester High School where he was a member of ROTC throughout high school.

“We are proud to name these road in honor of these two heroes from our own community,” said Steve Elswick, member of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “It is a fitting memorial to both of them, their love of their country and commitment to their military service.”

Staff Sgt. Booker is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughter, Derica, four stepchildren and his mother, Maria Loney.

Sgt. Cauthorn is survived by his father, Forrest W. “Billy” Cauthorn, two uncles, an aunt, a niece and a nephew.

Note to Media: Photos taken at the ceremony will be placed in the online newsroom after 5 p.m. today. http://www.chesterfield.gov/newsroomphotogallery/

Contact Person:  Chris Ruth
Contact Email: RuthC@chesterfield.gov
Contact Phone: 804-768-7498

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