SGT Dale R. Griffin, Class of 2003
VMI Alumnus Killed in Afghanistan


LEXINGTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2009 -- According to the Tribune Star in Terra Haute, Ind., visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 1845 North 6-1/2th St. in Terre Haute, Ind. The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, with burial following at High Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dale Russel Griffin Memorial Fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, located at 2901 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute, Ind. Additional information concerning the memorial fund is available by calling (812) 232-2234.


LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 29, 2009 – VMI alumnus Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, 29, was killed by a roadside bomb while on duty in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, Oct. 27. His remains were among those of 18 Americans who died in Afghanistan that were received at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Wednesday night.

Griffin matriculated with the Class of 2003, and attended VMI for three semesters. A wrestler, he won his weight class in the 2000 All-Academy Wrestling Championship, and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

“He was a tough kid,” said John S. Trudgeon, VMI’s head wrestling coach. “To win particularly in that tournament as a true freshman and to be named outstanding wrestler for the tournament as a true freshman, he had to be tough. I’m not surprised he ended up in the Army and in Afghanistan.”

Funeral arrangements for the Terre Haute, Ind., native are pending.