Dad enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1966. He flew out of Seattle, Wash. to Fort Ord in California for his basic training followed by Jump School at Fort Benning, Ga. After six months of training he was deployed to Vietnam in October of 1966. He served in the 101st airborne unit and in the 5th Infantry 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam for four months and nine days before he was hit with an M79 grenade in February of 1967. The grenade left Dad without his left arm and left leg, after spending six months in a hospital recovering from his injuries, he returned home. Dad earned a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Badge and the National Defense Service Medal during his service for our country.
Dad never let his disabilities keep him away from doing what he loved most, he took “one day at a time” and enjoyed hunting, horseback riding in the backcountry, fishing and spending time outdoors with family and friends. Recently his favorite past times were spending time with his children and grandchildren, camping, working on car and airplane models, watching movies and taking care of his loved ones.
Danny was preceded in death by his father and mother Doug and Bonnie Hopkins and his father Charles Wormwood. He is survived by his brothers Charlie Wormwood and Ray Wormwood, sister Debbie (Mike) Barret, daughter Sharon (Brian) McGonegle, son Daniel (Elizabeth) Wormwood and daughter Melissa Pardini. Danny also had six grandchildren, Courtney and Dustin McGonegle, Colton and Madison Wormwood, Kody Poiesz and Lacy Pardini.
A celebration for life is planned for this Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Wayside Bar n’ Grill in Trout Creek at 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Danny’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.