Killed Nov. 2 when enemy forces threw a hand grenade at his Humvee during convoy operations in Duluiyah, Iraq.
Spc. Ferderer was the son of Dennis Sr. and Claudina Ferderer, and had one brother. He began his Army career after graduating from New Salem High School in 2003. His unit had been in Iraq for about nine months. Known as “DJ,” he grew up on a dairy farm and dreamed of being a soldier, said his parents, Dennis Sr. and Claudina. “DJ was planning on making the military his career and then take over the farm,” John Ferderer said of his brother.
“He didn’t say much, but when he did, he made people laugh,” Jessica Roll, a family friend, said.
Compiled from Associated Press reports. Retrieved 10/01/2013 from "Honor the Fallen", http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/