Army Spc. Robert Donevski
19, of Sun City, Ariz.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Jan. 16 in Abad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.
(Taken from www.azcentral.com of Jan. 20, 2010) The Defense Department says a 19-year-old soldier from Sun City has been killed in Afghanistan.
Robert Donevski died Saturday of gunshot wounds he suffered when a small band of Taliban insurgents ambushed his unit in Abad, his father said Wednesday.
Ganko Donevski, a Vietnam veteran, said his son died defending other members of his unit and will receive the Bronze Star.
He said Robert always longed to serve in the military like his father and vowed to enlist after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"He said, 'Daddy, I'll make them pay for this 9-11,' " Ganko Donevski remembers.
He said he son had recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Donevski was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
He joined the Army in July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009.