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David A. Jefferson, MEDIC, US ARMY KIA 02 JULY 2010

PFC David A. Jefferson KIA 02 July 2010 Afghanistan

PFC David A. Jefferson KIA 02 July 2010 Afghanistan

Corpsman.com mourns the loss of a fellow “DOC Hero” lost in Afghanistan.  Our Prayers and thoughts go out to his fellow Soldiers, family, and friends.

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The body of Army Pfc. David A. Jefferson arrived Sunday evening at Dover Air Force Base, where his father was waiting with another family of a fallen soldier.
“It’s a very beautiful ceremony,” said James M. Lyles, Jefferson’s father. “I really believe everyone should see it. Things don’t actually hit you until you actually see it.”

Nearby, other families were waiting for the next plane landing later that night.

Jefferson, 23, a combat medic from Philadelphia, was killed Friday by an enemy explosion during a foot patrol in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

The Defense Department also announced the death of Spec. Louis R. Fastuca, 24, of West Chester, who died Monday from injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Jefferson was killed in Kandahar when his unit was attacked by insurgents using an IED, the Defense Department said.

There have been 212 U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this year, according to iCasualties.org. There were 317 last year – the worst year for U.S. deaths in Afghanistan since the war started in 2001.

On Tuesday evening, Jefferson’s 2-year-old son, Ian, played on his great-grandmother’s porch on Sparks Street in the city’s Ogontz section while family members recalled David.

Ian had not been told of his father’s death.

The family has a deep background in the military. Lyles, 70, who drove to Dover from his home in Columbia, S.C., and then on to Philadelphia, spent 30 years in the Army.

Jefferson’s brother, William, 28, served in the Air Force. Their mother, Annette Jefferson, was also in the Army. She was 53 when she died in February of lung cancer.

Jefferson, born in Philadelphia, followed his father around the country from base to base, from Durham, N.C., to California, his father said.

He came back to Philadelphia as a teen and attended Lankenau High School. He did not graduate, but later got his G.E.D., his family said.

He saw his career opportunities were limited and thought the Army would give him a foundation for something better, his father said.

“It more or less made him into a man,” he said.

With his experience as a combat medic, he was considering medical school after his service, said his maternal grandmother, Mildred Jefferson, 81.

He was deployed to Afghanistan in May.

Jefferson was assigned to the First Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

He was married to Darniece T. Melton-Jackson of West Philadelphia.

Fastuca was assigned to First Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based at Camp Ederle, Italy.

Fastuca, who went to Afghanistan with his unit in mid-December, had come home to Pennsylvania on a two-week leave in May. He spent the time in East Goshen Township with his parents, Robert and Monette Fastuca, and his two younger brothers, Joseph, 14, and Anthony, 13.

He left to go back to his base in Italy on June 4. His mother said she was not aware he was back in Afghanistan until the family was informed of his death on Monday.

Fastuca was a 2004 graduate of Malvern Preparatory School.

After high school, he attended Temple University for a year and then did construction work, his mother said. He joined the Army in 2006.

Jim Stewart, president of Malvern Prep, said Fastuca had visited during a leave.

“He came by school in his uniform and he told us how happy he was to be in service,” Stewart said

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9 Responses to “David A. Jefferson, MEDIC, US ARMY KIA 02 JULY 2010”
  1. HM2 Samuel Planas says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP brother, job well done. You took care of our soldiers and sailors, rest now, we have the watch.

  2. Margaretmcintyre1536 says:

    God bless David and his family. It breaks my heart to lose such courageous and idealistic young men–dedicated to taking care of fellow soldiers–thereby supporting the effort to win a war–to protect me and my freedoms. There are no words to express my debt of gratitude–except that David will never be forgotten. Please join Judy Campbell of Delaware (google) as she passionately works to preserve the memories of all of our fallen….

  3. HN Allen Conrad says:

    RIP David…we just laid to rest one of our fellow navy corpsman yesterday who was also KIA in afghan. Thank you for fighting for us and may god bless you, your family and ur fellow soldiers. U made the ultimate sacrafice, but now its time for you to go home. We will be there soon my brother.

  4. HM2 Reilly says:

    RIP David, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. From one Philadelphia son to another, I thank you for giving your life in the defense of our nation. You will not be forgotten.

  5. SSG Pierce says:

    To the Jefferson Family,

    When a Soldier Medic gives the ultimate sacrafice while perfoming his duties, Medics around the military world mourn with you. PFC Jefferson will not be forgotten because Heros never are. RIP Soldier Medic, for we are still with you and your family in mind, heart and spirt.

    SSG Pierce, Lemuel D. Jr.
    U.S. Army “Soldier Medic”


  6. PV2 Thomas says:

    Doc Jeff It was a pleasure knowing you. You were a great soldier in this life and a great Angel in the next life. We all are going to get those taliban back for what they did to you buddy. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  8. Hall says:

    RIP Jefferson. You are truly missed! You were a great friend. I remember talking to you in school and after. I miss you.

  9. natalie says:

    im sorry about your loss. my brother was just killed in iraq so i know what your going thruogh