1LT Daren M Hidalgo, 24, was Killed in Action February 20, 2011 while serving his country in Afghanistan. Daren attended Kettle Moraine Middle School and High School and was a member of the school band and wrestled there. He graduated from Pennsylvania’s Dallastown Area High School in 2005 where he was a championship wrestler, National Honor Society member, and a trumpeter in the school marching band. Daren was accepted to the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. He excelled at the Academy, serving as G-4 Company Commander during his senior year. Daren graduated near the top of the Class of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In the Army he completed numerous courses to include the extremely challenging Ranger School. Earning the coveted Ranger Tab was one of the many proud moments of his short career. Daren was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Ghostrider Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Deployed to the Maiwand District of Afghanistan in October 2010, Daren executed his duties and responsibilities to perfection. Throughout numerous combat engagements he gained a reputation in the Squadron that was second to none. His ability to assess any situation and fix any problem was awe-inspiring to those who knew him. Daren’s greatest talent was his ability to maintain a positive attitude and inspire each of his Soldiers to be great. As a man who stood up when others would not and as a man who said “Send Me” when others wouldn’t go. He has earned posthumously the award of a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Daren was known for his winning smile and engaging personality. A jokester and prankster always looking to cheer up people around him. His strength of character and empathy endeared him to all who met him. Daren will be sadly missed by his parents: Jorge & Andrea, Siblings: Jared (Jenny) Hidalgo, Miles (Caroline) Hidalgo, Carmen (Mike) Spellman, nephews: Wade, and Carson and his niece: Lexie. His extended family and many friends will miss him also. Daren’s life and legacy will never be forgotten. All of us fortunate enough to have known him will cherish his memory, love and friendship.

Visitation Wednesday March 2, 2011 from 11AM to 3:15 PM at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church W280 N2101 Hwy SS Pewaukee, WI 53072. A remembrance presentation will begin at 3:45 PM. The Funeral Mass will be at 4:00 PM. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery in NY later this week.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Daren M. Hidalgo Memorial Fund. It will be used for future scholarships and support of wounded soldiers. Donations can be made at any US Bank in the country. Mailing address is: US Bank 2040 W. Silvernail Road Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072. For further information please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation, & Preplanning Services at 262-547-4035.

Editors note:
A memorial ceremony for 1LT Daren Hidalgo has been confirmed for Wednesday 02 March 2011 at 1000 hours in the Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. Please join us in honoring the service and memory of 1LT Hidalgo.

Please pass this information on to your families and keep 1LT Hidalgo’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dragoon memorial at Rose Barracks, Vilseck.

A U.S. Army team carries a transfer case containing the remains of 1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo during a dignified transfer ceremony Tuesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

A tribute website has been set up by the family of Lt. Hidalgo with pictures, stories and videos. Click on DAREN HIDALGO or go to http://www.rememberdaren.com/


  1. Matt & Janet Biddick

    Our daughter was a classmate of Daren’s at WP and had classes with him and lived in the same barracks for a time. She simply said he “was a guy that everyone liked”. That’s testimony to a life well-lived. Easier said than done. Thank you Hidalgo family for your generosity and for raising a generous son. Your sorrow is our sorrow, too. Peace Be With You.

  2. Karen DeMint

    My thoughts and prayers are with Daren’s parents, family and friends. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
    God Bless you and all of our troops.

  3. Love A Cadet

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and freinds at this time. Daren was a definite part of the Love A Cadet family and will be missed by many.
    Thank God for Daren and your family.

  4. Sincere condolences to the family of 1st Lt Daren Hidalgo. We all live safe and free because of great men like Daren. Lt, we appreciate your service and mourn your sacrifice. May your family find some comfort in knowing they raised such a fine young man. You will not be forgotten.

    Patriot Guard Riders of New York
    Rochester, NY

  5. dragonetti family

    words cannot express how painfully sad we are for your family. are thoughts and prayers are with you. although its been a few years since seeing daren when we lived in wisconsin, daren’s smile, warmth and witt, will forever be in our hearts. such an incredible young man!

  6. Barb Romanello

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Hidalgo Family. May you be comforted by the thousands of prayers sent your way. I was very humbled by the funeral service and military honors on Wednesday night. to see the walkways lined with military vets holding the US flag all of which clothed in military pagentry. I was humbled amd moved by the messages of all who spoke – both military dignitaries and family. Be proud that you have raised such a fine family of which 4 have willingly served our nation. We do have a gift in them. I am so very thankful that they have enabled me to be free.

  7. Daren you will truly be missed my brother. My condolences go out to your family and closest friends. It was a honor to know you and I will always remember your visits to my office seeking information about posting just before Post Night at USMA. It was also an honor to have met your father at the Infantry Ball Feb 2009. Thank you for your service and courage to our Nation. Peace be unto you. RLTW!

  8. COL Stephen Michael

    Daren, you will forever be missed. You’ve lived a life of consequence that has made an impact and difference in the lives of those you touched, from your fellow and subordinate Cadets in CO G4 and the Corps at large, the Ghostriders whom you led and those whom you followed … we all are forever changed. I remember you well as if it was yesterday when we last were together, and will think of you often. It was an honor to be numbered amongst you.

    God’s Speed my friend.

    Love always

    Go Forth and Conquer!!

  9. raquel mcgee

    i was comment 22, there were 108 in total. and thats just on THIS website. Daren, thank you for showering all of us with your rays of sunshine. missing you, still, everyday.

  10. Jack Sullivan

    My son received his appointment to West Point just a few weeks before Daren gave his life for his country. When I read the stories and the comments from friends I was deeply moved. Ever since I have told many people about Daren even though I never knew him. We just returned home from R-day at West Point as my son is now following in the noble steps of Daren. We visited Daren’s grave and I have never been so profoundly moved by someone I never met. God Bless you Daren, and God Bless your parents and siblings. Rest in peace soldier.

  11. I met Darren when he visited Cancun Mexico, with some cadets from West Point, Tuesday June 5, 2011 I got the news of his death. From this cidudad send my condolences to his family, friends and fellow cadets.

  12. conocí a DArren cuando visitó Cancún México, con algunos cadetes de westpoint, ayer martes 05 de junio de 2011 me dieron la noticia de su muerte. Desde esta cidudad envío mis condolencias a toda su familia, amigos y compañeros cadetes.

  13. One year later, not forgotten.

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