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(March 10, 2011)

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Spc. David Richard Fahey Jr., a 23-year-old native of Norwalk, Conn., was killed Jan. 28, in Kandahar City, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a mounted combat patrol. Fahey was assigned to 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, currently attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Courtesy Photo
Spc. David Richard Fahey Jr., a 23-year-old native of Norwalk, Conn., was killed Jan. 28, in Kandahar City, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a mounted combat patrol.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Mar. 6, 2011) – 'Raider' Brigade mourns the loss of one of our own, who was killed Jan. 28, in Kandahar City, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a mounted combat patrol.

Spc. David Richard Fahey Jr., a 23-year-old native of Norwalk, Conn., was assigned to 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, currently attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

“David was full of energy with a bright smile that he took along with him everywhere he went,” said Sgt. 1st Class Billy Hood, platoon sergeant, assigned to 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, currently attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Fahey enlisted in the Army as a military police officer on Sept. 6, 2007. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Miss., and upon completion of his training, reported to Camp Walker, South Korea.

Upon arrival at Camp Walker, Fahey was assigned to the 188th Military Police Company, 94th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade. After completing a year at Camp Walker, Fahey reported to Joint Base Lewis – McChord, Wash., in March 2009.

Upon arrival at Joint Base Lewis – McChord, Fahey was assigned to 54th Military Police Company, 504th MP Bn., 42nd MP BDE. He was reassigned to the 170th MP Company, also under the 504th MP Bn., in February 2009. 
Fahey deployed to Afghanistan with the ‘Dragon fighters' in June 2010.

“David's most notable quality was his heart,” said Hood. “It was that of a lion, but attimes, as gentle as a lamb. No matter what he was tasked with, David took pride in getting the job done.”

‘David was the kind of guy who would give the shirt off his back or his last dollar to anyone in need,” said Hood. “He found a lot of joy in just being able to help someone.”

“Just seeing Fahey's goofy smile every day lifted my spirits,” said Hood. “His family should be absolutely proud of the honorable and respectable man he became while serving in the Army.”

“David was my best friend,” said Spc. Marissa Alcala, military police officer, assigned to 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, currently attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “He was never serious, always messing around and doing whatever it took to keep his team smiling and happy.”

“David was ‘that guy' that knew how to make anyone smile and hated when anyone in the squad was sad,” said Alcala. “He was easy to love; easy to get along with and easy to serve alongside of. His presence will be sorely missed by the soldiers he left behind, who loved him dearly.”

Fahey is survived by his mother, Melissa Fahey, and his sister, Phyllis Lee Fahey.

A memorial in Spc. David Richard Fahey Jr.'s honor was held in Afghanistan, March 6, 2011.

By Army Spc. Breanne Pye
1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Copyright 2011

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