KIA December 1, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 101st Cavalry Regiment, New York Army National Guard, Newburgh, New York
Army SGT David Fisher died December 1, 2004, while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over during a high-speed defensive maneuver.
David graduated in 2001 from Watervliet High School in Watervliet, New York, where he had excelled on the Cannoneers football and basketball teams. He also enjoyed drawing, listening to music, playing video games and being with all his close friends. David enlisted in the Army National Guard in November 2001, after the attacks of September 11, and was based with the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Divison of the New York National Guard in Troy. He deployed in May 2004, training in Texas and California. SGT Fisher left for Kuwait in October 2004 with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Cavalry Regiment. Fisher was killed December 1, 2004, and was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on December 5.
Excerpt from a letter by Gabriella Fisher, 10 year-old sister of SGT David Fisher …
“I was only 2 when David went to Heaven, but I remember everything about him. I miss him so much, but he had to do something that not everyone gets to do. He had to help us stay free. I have lots of pictures of David, but this one is very special to me because it came from a man who didn’t even know David. I will keep my present close to my heart, just like I keep David close to my heart. And when I’m sad, I will look at him and smile.”
SGT David Fisher was 21 years old from Green Island, New York
Original portrait was presented November 13, 2009, to David’s mother and family during a memorial event at the New York Army National Guard Headquarters in Albany, New York.