Dillon Joseph Semolina

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Delano, MN

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Sergeant Dillon Joseph Semolina joined the Marine Corps September 12, 2011. He signed for five years, as he needed a year of flight school. He graduated the Company Guide out of 200 Marine Corps and was meritoriously promoted. He became a Crew Chief of the CH-53 Super Stallion when he received his wings. Dillon was proud to be a Marine and serve his country.

Dillon’s confidence, selflessness, leadership and humor assembled the matrix of who he was as a Marine, son, husband, brother and uncle. His gentle tone could ease anyone’s pain, yet his confident and giant stature intimated his sister’s friends. X-box games were memories cherished by his brothers. And his Momma’s gentle touch was his deepest love.

Dillon had the heart of a Teddy Bear but came across as a beast. He was a “mommy’s boy” at heart, who loved his tickles. “Big Tuff” forever stayed five years old to his Momma.

Age: 24

Date of Death: January 14, 2016

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