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Memorial celebrates Soldier’s life, legacy

Infantryman killed by IED during Afghan deployment

4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs

Published: 01:42PM February 14th, 2013
Memorial celebrates Soldier’s life, legacy

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Soldiers, Family, and friends gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Sgt. David J. Chambers, an infantryman in 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, during a memorial ceremony at Evergreen Chapel, Feb. 6.

Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 16, during combat operations in Panjwa’i District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to B “Bayonet” Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment.

“Sergeant Chambers did not know how to be substandard at anything in his life,” read Capt. Dallas Henry, 1-38 Inf. rear detachment commander, on behalf of Lt. Col. Chad Sundem, commander of 1-38 Inf., still serving in Afghanistan.

Sundem said Chambers was the best team leader in the company. The “Hell Raiser” Platoon’s expert in many areas, he trained his men and kept them informed.

Ever the consummate professional, he consistently set a sterling example, Sundem wrote.

“His subordinates trusted him, his peers learned from the example he set, and his superiors counted on him to get the job done,” Henry read, on behalf of Capt. Matthew Boise, commander of B Company, 1-38 Inf. “He left an indelible impression on us all,” read Henry.

Chambers’ squad leader, Staff Sgt. Alejandro Cisneros, met him in November 2011, when Cisneros was assigned to B Co.

“I liked ‘Chambs’ right off the bat because he was a levelheaded guy with nothing to prove,” Sgt. Timothy Brown, 1-38 Inf., read on behalf of Cisneros.

He said Chambers was a great Soldier, American and an inspiration to others. He loved what he did and those around him.

“In turn, everyone loved him,” wrote Cisneros. “He was a great human being with a great soul.”

Staff Sergeant Anthony Potter, 1-38 Inf., read the words of Sgt. Kyle Chattin spoken at a memorial held at Combat Outpost Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan, Jan. 20.

“I am comforted now only by the thought of your disposition toward our chosen profession,” Potter read. “You knew the score, you knew what may come and you never wavered. You lived and worked with a dedication to excellence. You pursued it relentlessly and that was obvious to all lucky enough to know you. The men in this company were made better each and every day by the work you did.”

Potter recited a poem that over time has become known as a tribute to war casualties, Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen,” and said “You will always be the finest friend, brother and infantryman I have ever known.”

In Memoriam

Sergeant David J. Chambers, of Hampton, Va., was born March 21, 1987, and graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 2005. Chambers entered the Army in 2009 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Ga., in the military occupational specialty 11B, infantryman.

Upon graduation from AIT, he was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (SCR), Vilseck, Germany, and deployed to Afghanistan from June 2010 to May 2011.

In October 2011, Chambers arrived at JBLM, and was assigned to B Co., 1-38 Inf., 4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2012.

According to WTKR in Norfolk, Va., Chambers had a brush with death in 2011 during his first tour in Afghanistan when an IED hit his vehicle, earning him his first Purple Heart. This did not stop Chambers from re-enlisting for four more years.

“Seeing him re-enlist like that means that he thought he had a bright future in the military and I believe he would have made it a long way,” said his father, Michael Chambers.

“He’s a hero,” the elder Chambers said.

Chambers’ civilian and military education includes completion of two years of college credit (2008), and the Warrior Leader Course (2012).

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Mechanic’s and Driver’s Badge.

Chambers is survived by his parents, Julie and Michael, and brother, Steven.