STAFF SGT. DAVID W. TEXTOR - U.S. Army
Hometown / City: ROANOKE, VA ROANOKE (CITY)
Date of Death: Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: COMPANY A, 3D BATTALION, 1ST SPECIAL FORCES GROUP, FORT LEWIS, WA
Birth: Sep. 14, 1980
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 2008, Iraq
Staff Sgt. David W. Textor, 27, of Roanoke, Virginia. Originally from Jamestown, N.Y., he played football, wrestled and ran track while attending Randolph Central High School. After graduation, he moved to Virginia, and took some cooking jobs. In May of 2002, he enlisted in the United States Army and received basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, before winning a spot in the Special Forces (Green Beret's) in November 2006, currently assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Fort Lewis, Washington. David wanted to fight for his country and his children, a proud soldier and family man, his family, especially his children, meant the world to him. He and his wife had 5 children and he often said if he won the lottery, he'd want 6 more. His military education includes Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School and Special Forces Qualification Course. His military awards include: National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, NCO Professional Develpoment Ribbon with numeral 2 device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab. David died in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a vehicle incident. He was on his first deployment, having arrived in Iraq in May of 2008. David is survived by his wife, Colette and their five children: Caleb, McKenna, Ryan, Boden and Jadon of Olympia, Wash.; his father, William Textor of Pine City, Minn., and his mother and step-father, Jennie and Kevin Linberg of Roanoke, Va.; stepgrandparents, Chuck and Molly Lindberg of Randolph, N.Y.; his five older sisters: Laurie (Keith) Yehlik, Michelle (Ryan) Krawczyk, Terra Textor, Ka-rin Textor and Kellie Textor; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Viola and Fred Covedill, and Christine and Ellsworth Textor; infant sister, Lisa; and uncles: Skip Covedill and Henry Textor.
Birch Hill Cemetery
Fairbanks North Star Borough