Birthplace- Wheeling, WV.
Resided In- Killeen, TX.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Capt. David E. VanCamp
David, born Feb. 11, 1982, in Wheeling, was killed in action in support of Operation New Dawn on June 29 in Badrah, Iraq.
He was the commander of Grim Troop, 2ndSquadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, of Fort Hood, Texas.
David previously deployed to Iraq from December 2005 to August 2006 with 2ndSquadron, 4th Infantry Division, of Fort Carson, Colo., where he sustained combat-related injuries.
His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two combat service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, a Combat Action Badge and a Parachutist Badge.
David graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2000. He earned his commission as an armor officer from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Al., in 2002 and graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
He enjoyed karaoke, golf and other outdoor activities.
David was the beloved husband of Chelsea (Graham) of Killeen; devoted son of Donald and Linda of Elm Grove; son-in-law of Suanne Graham of Wheeling; and brother of Donald of Delaware, Dennis of Cincinnati, Ohio and Daniel of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eddie and Ruth VanCamp of Wheeling and Russell and Norma Jean Coss of Martins Ferry, Ohio.
“I am a fox…A soldier and elite. Committed to defending the United States of America, against all aggressors, both foreign and domestic. I therefore shall endeavor to keep my body physically fit, that I may out- perform my enemy… To keep my mind alert, that I may out-think my enemy… To keep my spirit ready, that I might give my all, including my life, to defeat the enemies of this great nation. And to keep my brotherhood strong, that should one be in need, I will go to his aid, should one be in battle, I will be his support. We shall hold each other up, until the stars shall fall. " -Selah