Died May 25, 2008
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry, South Carolina Army National Guard, Fountain Inn, South Carolina; attached to 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition), New York Army National Guard
SGT David Leimbach died May 25, 2008 of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades while they were assisting in the recovery of a stolen vehicle near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan.
“He was a brave Soldier who served his country with honor and valor,” Guard commander Major General Stanhope Spears said in a statement. David had served 4 years in the Marine Corps and joined the Marine Corps Reserve after 9/11. When most of the state’s Guardsmen returned in early May, David stayed behind in what was to be an extended tour of six months.
SGT Scott Sorgee said David was all business when it mattered most. “No matter what task was given, he was always there and always gave it 100 percent.” SGT Sorgee said David was a Soldier’s Soldier, teaching guys what he knew. “There wasn’t a lot of downtime, he said. But when there was, he was teaching Soldiers “hand-to-hand” combat.”
Excerpt from a letter written by David’s wife, Dawn:
“David was a dedicated, serious and brave soldier as well as a fun-loving and caring man. He was described by his comrades as ‘the best of us.’ He loved seeing and trying new things, including food, places and cultures. He loved children and his family and was a strong Christian. I have never met anyone else with such a wonderful mixture of characteristics, though I’m sure I’m understandably biased.”
SGT David L. Leimbach was 38 years old from Taylors, SC.
Original portrait was presented April 26, 2013 to his wife during a special concert hosted by the City of Florence, South Carolina, featuring Danny Koker, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Charlie Daniels Band.