Cameron soldier killed in Afghanistan

Andrews Andrews The War on Terror seems closer than ever in Milam County this week after the death of a 34-yearold Cameron native in Afghanistan on Friday.

Army 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews died in Paktia Province from wounds received when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an IED (improvised explosive dev ic e) a nd a rocket-propelled grenade.

Andrews, a 1994 graduate of Yoe High School, was on his second tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom.

A paratrooper, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, deployed from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Two-way lineman

Andrews was the son of Andy and Sondra Andrews of Cameron. Andy Andrews is a former Yoe High School principal.

Darryn Andrews was a member of the Yoe High varsity football team in the early 1990s, playing offensive and defensive line.

His twin brother, Jarrett Andrews, quarterbacked that team.

Darryn Andrews played in the 1993 Rockdale-Cameron football game.

At the time of his death he was a resident of New Braunfels.


He and Julie Smith were married Feb. 26, 2007.

They have a son, Daylan Deen Andrews, and are expecting a daughter.

Family members said Darryn Andrews was inspired to join the military by his grandfather, John E. Brown, a prisoner of war in World War II.

A f ter graduating from Yoe High, Darryn Andrews received a bachelor of science degree from Texas Tech and a masters of science from Texas State.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Cameron.

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