CARIBOU and FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Sgt. 1st Class Daniel G. Alward, 31 died unexpectedly June 9, 2012, at Fayetteville, N.C., as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born Jan. 10, 1981, in Portsmouth, Va., son of Gary and Yvonne Alward.
He was a 1999 graduate of Caribou High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry shortly after graduation. Sgt. Alward was assigned to V Corp Headquarters in Germany, The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and the 82nd Airborne Division as team leader and Brigade S3 NCOIC, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Brag, where he served as Civil Affairs NCO in the Civil Military Operations Cell and on the Civil Affairs Team 624 and as the team sergeant of Civil Affairs Team 623. In April 2012 he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group – Airborne, Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a group instructor for Civil Affairs Qualification Course. From 2003 to 2007, he was a recruiter at Fayetteville, N.C. During his career Sgt. 1st Class Alward deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Sgt. 1st Class Alward attended numerous military operational and leadership schools. He received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, U.S. Army Gold Recruiters Badge, Parachutists Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Sgt. Alward is survived by his loving wife, Amanda Parks and son, Evan, of Hope Mills, N.C. He was deeply loved by his father, Gary Alward of Tolland, Conn.; mother, Yvonne Nimmer of Caribou; brother, David Alward and children, Dustin and Delaney, of Presque Isle; Amanda’s family: mother, Roxann Parks of Caribou, father, Mark Parks of Woodland, brother, Mark C. Parks of Hope Mills, N.C., and grandmother, Alberta Viel of Mapleton. He will be sadly missed by his grandmother, Maria Marcolla of Vigo Ton, Italy; aunts, Sherry Alward of Caribou, Linda Scovill and husband, Marty, of East Hampton, Conn., Marsha Reilly and husband, David, of Colchester, Conn., Sandra Marcolla of Vigo Ton, Italy; uncles, Carl Alward and wife, Betty, of East Hampton, Conn., Merwyn Estabrook and wife, Cathy, of Spring Hill, Fla., Randy Marcolla and wife, Elvira, of Vigo Ton, Italy; numerous cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Leo and Madeleine Alward; grandfather, Isidoro Marcolla; uncle, Georgio Marcolla; and brother-in-law, Evan Parks.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the chapel. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery.