ROANOKE, VA, USA U.S. Army SSG, COMPANY A, 3D BATTALION, 1ST SPECIAL FORCES GROUP, FORT LEWIS, WA MOSUL, IRAQ 07/15/2008
“David was almost fearless..”
Step-Grandfather Charles Linberg recalls “he was the youngest and had five sisters. So he’d escape by jumping off the roof. He must have been about 8 at the time and he never hurt himself.”
David was an avid weight-lifter and motorcycle rider. In high school, he participated in football, wrestling and track. He enjoyed visiting parks, camping out, and riding bicycles with his family.
David volunteered for military service in May, 2002. He became a Green Beret in 2006.
His military education included: Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include: National defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.
When his tour ended, he intended to come home and spend time with his five children – who range in age from 2 to 14. He wanted to get back into coaching youth soccer and spoke of reenlisting.
David died July 15, 2008 during an enemy attack in Mosul, Iraq. He was 27 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Colette, and their children: Caleb, McKenna, Ryan, Boden, and Jadon. He is also survived by his father, William, his mother, Jennie (Linberg), and step-father, Kevin Linberg, and sisters: Laurie, Michelle, Terra, Karin, and Kellie.