Monday, March 10, 2008

Army Cpl. Robert T. McDavid

Remember Our Heroes

Army Cpl. Robert T. McDavid, 29, of Starkville, Miss.

Cpl. McDavid was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died March 10, 2008 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Ernesto G. Cimarrusti, Staff Sgt. David D. Julian, Sgt. 1st. Class Shawn M. Suzch and Cpl. Scott A. McIntosh.

Hundreds line Starkville street to honor fallen soldier

The Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Hundreds of residents, many holding up American flags, gathered along Main Street in this college town Wednesday, giving a final salute to a local soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.

The funeral for Army Cpl. Robert Taylor McDavid III fell on the same day as the fifth anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Armando De La Cruz of Starkville, watching as the funeral procession slowly passed on the way to Oddfellows Cemetery, said his family had lived near Robert and Jean Alice McDavid and he had seen their son grow up.

“He was a good kid. Oh, you know, a normal kid,” De La Cruz told The Commercial Dispatch.

The funeral was held at First Presbyterian Church.

McDavid, 29, and four other soldiers died in the March 10 attack that left three other soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter injured. The bomber struck as soldiers chatted with shop owners while on patrol in central Baghdad. It was the deadliest attack on American forces in the capital in more than eight months.

“He was a true American hero,” Tiffany McDavid said of her husband as a stiff breeze whipped across the cemetery. “And I’ve known him since I was 10 years old.”

Robert McDavid attended Starkville Academy and Starkville High School. He received an associate’s degree in accounting from North Mississippi Community College and later attended Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the band.

He joined the Army in 2005 and deployed to Iraq in May 2007. Robert McDavid said his son was a tank operator with the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment out of Fort Stewart, Ga.

Survivors include his wife, Tiffany Leigh McDavid; his parents, Robert and Jean Alice McDavid; and a sister, Leslie McDavid.

The Associated Press in Jackson has counted at least 60 soldiers with strong Mississippi ties to have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four — Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Robinson, Army Sgt. Taurean T. Harris, Sgt. Charles B. Kitowski III and Maj. Michael L. Green — died in Afghanistan while the others died in Iraq.

“I wish this were the last time we’d have to come out here like this,” Frank Davis, a former Starkville alderman said as the procession passed in front of the public library.

Army Cpl. Robert T. McDavid was killed in action on 03/10/08.

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