1LT Dennis William Zilinski
II, 23, was a rifle platoon leader with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,
187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans),
101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and
three other Soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive
device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations in
Bayji, Iraq on 19 November 2005.
While at West Point, 1LT Zilinski
majored in Basic Sciences and Leadership, with his required engineering
concentration in Systems Engineering. As a Cadet, Dennis also
completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA.
1LT Zilinski received the CPT
Michael W. Kilroy Award for serving as the USMA swim team captain.
Dennis also received the Class of 1923 Award for being the graduating
senior who exhibited qualities of leadership and sportsmanship
on the swim team.
After graduation from West Point, 1LT Zilinski attended the Infantry
Officer Basic Course. Dennis completed Ranger School and received
his Ranger tab - a lifelong goal and his proudest accomplishment.
Dennis is survived by his father
and mother, Dennis and Marion Zilinski, his fiancée, Marie
Cicerelle (USMA 2004), his brothers Doug (wife Toni) Kenner and
Matthew Zilinski (NJARNG), and his sisters Michele (husband David)
Vaughn and Tiffany (husband Lamar) Shiver.