In Memory of CW2 David R. Shephard

  David R. Shepard was killed on September 19, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq while performing his duties on a Blackwater USA Personal Security Detachment working of the State Department.  He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Abn) at Buckley, Washington.

David Shepard's intercept vehicle rammed a suicide car bomber's vehicle to protect his principle.  The car bomb detonated killing all four occupants of the intercept vehicle.


He grew up in the state of Washington.  He attended Timberline High School in Olympia.  He graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington earning a bachelor's degree.  In addition to working security overseas he ran his own construction company.  His interests included reading, scuba diving, and building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

CW2 Shephard completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1994 and after serving as an enlisted Sergeant was commissioned as a Warrant Officer in 2000.  He had deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan with the 19th Special Forces Group.

His awards and decorations were numerous to include the Bronze Star Medal, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He was buried with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on October 3, 2005.

He is survived by his wife, his parents, two sisters, and a brother.

Memorials to CW2 Shephard.

News Articles About CW2 Shephard.

September 29, 2005.  "David Robert Shephard Death Notice".




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