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David William Thomas

St Petersburg, Florida

June 27, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
40 Army Spc

2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Konar, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

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Army Spc. David W. Thomas
U.S. Army Spc. David W. Thomas, 40, was killed in Konar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Thomas was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He served previously in the U.S. Marine Corps. Thomas is survived by his wife, Latoya Thomas, son Jayden, daughter Imani and stepson Basheer H. Cross, all of Fort Campbell; daughter Jachardonae Thomas of Kathleen, Fla., and son David W. Thomas Jr. of Springfield, Ohio. His mother, Mary Thomas, lives in Allendale, S.C.
Thomas will be honored at a memorial service at Fort Campbell on July 21.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 1, 2010
From The Fort Campbell Courier fortcampbellcourier.com 08/10/10:

Spc. David W. Thomas
Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:38 pm
Two 101st Airborne Division Soldiers were killed Sunday when their unit came under small arms fire in the Konar province, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Eric B. Shaw and Spc. David W. Thomas were infantrymen assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Shaw, 31, of Exeter, Maine, entered the Army in October 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in March 2005.
His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Infantry Badge; Overseas Service Ribbon; Expert Infantry Badge; Air Assault Badge and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).
Shaw is survived by his wife, Audrey R. Shaw, and daughters, Madison and Victoria, all of Clarksville, Tenn.; and mother, Michelle S. Campbell of Pawtucket, R.I.
Thomas, 40, of St. Petersburg, Fla., entered the military in August 1997 and arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2009. He previously served in the United States Marine Corps.
His awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Navy and Marine Achievement Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy and Marine Unit Commendation; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).
Thomas is survived by his wife, Latoya Thomas, son, Jayden, daughter, Imani, and step-son, Basheer H. Cross, all of Fort Campbell; daughter, Jachardonae Thomas of Kathleen, Fla.; and son, David W. Thomas, Jr., of Springfield, Ohio; and mother, Mary Thomas of Allendale, S.C.
In a separate incident, two 101st Airborne Division Soldiers were killed Friday when their mounted patrol came under small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire in the Konar province, Afghanistan.
Specialist Jared C. Plunk and Spc. Blair D. Thompson were infantrymen assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Plunk, 27, of Stillwater, Okla., entered the Army in August 2006, and arrived at Fort Campbell in December 2006.
His awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Parachutists Badge; and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).
Plunk is survived by his wife, Lindsay Plunk, and sons Kason Plunk and Noah Fisher all of Clarksville, Tenn.; and mother, Glenda Willard of Maryville, Tenn.
Thompson, 19, of Rome, N.Y., entered the Army in July 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in December 2008.
His awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Air Assault Badge and Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert).
He is survived by his mother, Arena Thompson of Vernon, N.Y.; and father, Vincent Thompson, of Rome, N.Y.
In another incident, a 101st Airborne Division Soldier died June 21 when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter made a hard landing near Gaza Ridge, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Silk, 25, of Orono, Maine, was a UH-60 helicopter repairer assigned to Company C, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
Silk’s awards and decorations include: Air Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and Weapons Qualification, M4, (expert).
Silk is survived by his wife, Kayce N. Silk, and son, Brayden Browning of Clarksville, Tenn; and parents, Lynn and Mark Silk of Orono, Maine.
On June 25, the Department of Defense released the name of a 101st Airborne Division Soldier who died June 7 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in the Dangam district, Kunar province, Afghanistan.
First Sgt. Robert N. Barton II, 35, of Roxie, Miss., was an infantryman who entered the Army in October 1993 and arrived at Fort Campbell in June 2005.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Superior Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon; NATO Medal; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantry Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Air Assault badge and Weapons Qualification: M4, (expert).
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Barton of Hopkinsville, Ky.; mother, Rebecca A. Coleman of New Haven, W. Va.; and father, Robert N. Barton of Ohio.
Four other Soldiers killed in the blast were identified by the Department of Defense in June. They were: Sgt. Joshua A. Lukeala, 23, of Yigo, Guam; Spc. Matthew R. Catlett, 23, of Houston, Texas; Spc. Charles S. Jirtle, 29, of Lawton, Okla., and Spc. Blaine E. Redding, 22, of Plattsmouth, Neb.
A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony. The next ceremony will be held July 21 at 4 p.m. and McAuliffe Hall.

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