Gelig was a good friend and great person. He was always there for you when you needed something. He will be deeply missed by everyone in this unit, for a piece of us went with him.
— David Tryon, paratrooper who served with Gelig
Gelig died March 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
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