SFC David James Hartman

SFC David James Hartman

Birth
Merced, Merced County, California, USA
Death 3 Feb 2010 (aged 27)
Pakistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 9083
Memorial ID 47617994 · View Source
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Army Sgt 1st Class Hartman was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Hartman was part of a team that trains Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency techniques. They were on their way to attend the inauguration ceremony of a girls' school that had recently been renovated with U.S. humanitarian assistance. Part of his job was to make sure work on the school, which had earlier been destroyed by bombing, was completed. David graduated in 2000 from Kadena High School on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, where his step father was stationed. He was a member of the ROTC and immediately enlisted in the Army after graduation. In 2002, he served in Afghanistan and in Iraq in 2004. David knew his family was worried about him but tried to reassure them that serving in Pakistan would be safer than his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards included the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War Medal. Even though David desperately missed being with his wife, Cherise, who is pregnant with their second child, and young son, he had decided to make the Army his career and knew he would probably have to return yet again to the war zone. One thing that kept him going was the fact he was helping people – he told his family that he was delivering food to poor people in the area. But again, David would try to lighten the mood for his friends and family. On December 30, he wrote on his Facebook page that he came down with a bad stomach after eating a Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets and fries from McDonalds. His words of advice – I don't recommend eating McDonalds in a 3rd world country. Never do that.


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