Monday, November 05, 2007

Army Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis, 34, of Anchorage, Alaska

SSgt. Davis was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Nov. 5, 2007 in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations. Also killed were Staff Sgt. John D. Linde, Sgt. Derek T. Stenroos and Pfc. Adam J. Muller.

Alaskans among Fort Drum soldiers killed in Iraq
The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Staff Sgt. Carletta Davis’s mother said her daughter seemed to sense something might go wrong this time when she was deployed again to Iraq.

Before she deployed, “She visited people she didn’t normally visit, I think because she knew something,” said Lavada Napier.

Davis, 34, who grew up in Anchorage, was one of two Alaskans killed Nov. 5 when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq.

Sgt. Derek Stenroos, 24, of North Pole, was also killed in the attack, along with two other soldiers with Fort Drum’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division: Pfc. Adam Muller of Underhill, Vt., and Staff Sgt. John Linde of New York City.

Stenroos, a military policeman who planned to become an Alaska State Trooper when his military commitment was over, was in Iraq for the second time in about three years. Davis, a medic, was there for the third time in less than five years.

Davis, who graduated as Carletta Ward from East High School in 1991, joined the Army in 1994. She hoped to become a physician’s assistant when her military career ended, her mother said in a telephone interview from her home in Fairbanks.

As a flight medic, Davis spent much of her adult life in harm’s way. Besides the deployments to Iraq, she served six months in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996-97 and a year in South Korea in 2002.

“It was hard, but she said ‘Hey, I’ve gotta do it,’ ” said Davis’ mother. “She didn’t never worry. She just didn’t like the fact she was going for a third time.”

Napier and her daughter spent six weeks together after Davis returned from her second Iraq tour in 2004-05.

“I said, ‘Tell me how that was.’ She says, ‘Mama, the children over there are like grown people. They’re doing things that adults would be doing. When one of them gets injured, they don’t even show pain on their face. They just hold the limb that has been severed.’

“She says it’s like the Twilight Zone. It’s like looking at a movie. Your emotions are so paralyzed once you see so much death. You just try to rescue who you can in the equipment you are in. She said that was the most hurtful thing — so many people needing help.”

Army Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis was killed in action on 11/05/07.


nichelle said...

Rest in Peace Carletta! I know your mother and family are proud of you! I am proud to have been your friend during Bosnia and Fort Hood! Nichelle Young (Robinson)

Jasmin R said...

I miss you SSG Davis... so much...

Anonymous said...

Jasmin and nicelle
I miss Carletta very much. I visited her grave site in Fairbanks and Released some ballons (purple with love notes) to Carletta on February 17. surely we miss her. I hope you will email