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Specialist Daryl A. Davis

December 17, 2012

Davis-1-e1280681370390This week’s American Hero is United States Army Specialist Daryl A. (Double D) Davis from Orlando, Florida.

Daryl was assigned to the 144th Transportation Company, Florida Army National Guard, Marianna, FL.

He was killed in action on Nov. 29, 2004, while on Patrol in Kut, Iraq.

According to Daryl’s family, he graduated high school in 2002 and was a basketball coach and mentor to youth at a local YMCA. He was described as a passionate young man and cared about the welfare of the kids in his community. He was a selfless individual, which is evident by his decision to serve his state and country.

His mother, Dana Davis, wrote a poem she dedicated to her son. The final line quotes: “Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.” She said she would like for her son to be remembered with a beer, though he was not old enough to drink.

Daryl is also survived by two younger brothers who have been devastated by the loss of their role model. They described him as someone to always look up to who was always there for them and they love him and miss him every day of their lives.

Today, Daryl lies in rest at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, Iowa. Although his family remembers him as a ladies man, a fun loving guy and a mentor, we encourage our nation to remember him always as an American Hero.

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