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Dec 6, 2012 9:16 AM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News

Father of fallen soldier: I am so proud of that man, it's unreal'

BILLINGS - A soldier from Montana died Monday, when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in southern Afghanistan.

Sergeant First Class Darren Linde, 41, was a soldier, a son, a husband, and a father.

"He was so well-liked by everyone," said his father, Dwight Linde, of Williston, ND. "Everything he did, he always had a smile on his face and did it to the best of his ability."

SFC Linde graduated from Sidney High School in 1989. Two years later he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Throughout his time in the military, Linde became a highly decorated soldier and those honors were recognized Wednesday by U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

"He earned many honors throughout his career," Sen. Baucus said. "Including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation and Army Good Conduct medals. He was a hero and a family man who put service to other above all."

Linde is survived by his wife, Adrienne, and their four children.

His teenage daughter posted a video to youtube.com; a tribute she wrote to her father this past summer shortly after he deployed for a second time.

The song depicts military families left at home and what it would be like if their soldier had chosen a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. lifestyle, instead of serving their country. The song emerges through her little brother, who aspires to be just like their dad.

"He looks up to you and he wants to do exactly what you do," she sang. "So now I know what life would be like if you were by our side."

SFC Darren Linde was everything his family could want.

"He was everything a father looks for in a son," Dwight Linde said through tears. "I am so proud of that man, it's unreal."

The North Dakota National Guard will announce funeral arrangements as soon as available.

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