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SGOMA Remembers Spc. Robert Donevski – One Year later January 16, 2011

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SGOMA Remembers Spc. Robert Donevski – One Year later

Today the Saint George Orthodox Military Association, along with the parishioners of Holy Trinity Chapel remembered, during the Divine Liturgy at Fort Bliss, the one year anniversary marking the blessed repose of Specialist Robert Donevski, of Sun City, Arizona. Specialist Donevski was killed in the line of duty in Abad, Afghanistan on January 16th, 2010. Please keep Specialist Donevski and his family in your prayer this day. Memory Eternal! Вечна меморија!

Brief Bio:
Spc. Robert Donevski, 19, died Saturday, January 16th, 2010 from wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Abad, in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Robert joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009 from Fort Carson, Colo. He is survived by his parents, Linda and Ganko, and brother, Chris. Robert died doing exactly that he wanted to do, his parents said. He wanted to be in the Army since he was 5 years old, they said, showing a picture of a young Robert saluting a flag as a boy. “He loved his country and wanted to protect it,” Linda said.

“He loved his friends,” Ganko, said. “And he loved the state of Arizona. He said it was the best state. He had been to Georgia, and Germany and came home and said this was the best place in the world.” “And he loved America, he loved his country,” he said.

Ganko, who was born in Bulgaria, told him that he had served in Vietnam, so Robert shouldn’t feel he needed to serve in the military, as well. Robert remained determined.

Robert was classified as an E-4 specialist, but recently tested to be promoted to sergeant. “He will be buried as a sergeant,” Linda said the Army told her. “And he will receive a Bronze Star for protecting his fellow soldiers in the fire fight.”

Robert’s body was returned to Arizona on military flights, escorted by members of his detachment. The Army honored Robert with several medals, including the Purple Heart.

The Funeral was held at St. George Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and Robert was buried in the National Cemetery in Phoenix with full military honors.

Memory Eternal! Вечна меморија!