Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., 23 dies in Afghanistan
" Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., 23 dies in Afghanistan
"Published 08:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., 23, of Norwalk, Conn., died Feb. 28, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Stamford Advocate Contributed
"Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., 23, of Norwalk, Conn., died Feb. 28, in... Pfc. David Fahey, 23, was killed in Afghanistan February 28, 2011. (Via WTNH) Stamford Advocate Contributed Pfc. David Fahey, 23, was killed in Afghanistan February 28, 2011....Fahey, 23, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 in Afghanistan of wounds from an improvised bomb. Fahey, 23, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 in Afghanistan of wounds from an improvised bomb.
"A soldier with connections to Norwalk was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the Department of Defense announced.
"U.S. Army Pfc. David R. Fahey Jr., 23, died during a morning patrol in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device.
"Fahey was raised in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and graduated from schools there before moving to Norwalk briefly. He was living in Norwalk at the time he enlisted in the Army.
"Fahey's 57-year-old uncle, Christopher Fahey, of Wilmington, N.C., described his nephew as a gregarious and religious young man who enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school in order to gain training and experience as a police officer. Christopher Fahey said his nephew had a job lined up with the New York Police Department after his tour of duty ended.
""He always talked about becoming a policeman," Fahey said.
"David Fahey was raised by his uncle Tom Fahey after his father passed away, Christopher Fahey said. His brother took custody of Fahey, his younger sister and brother and cared for them, along with his four children. He said Fahey lived in Norwalk with relatives briefly after graduating high school and before enlisting in the military.
"He was friendly," Christopher Fahey said from his home Tuesday afternoon. "He has a load of friends. He was well liked."
"Fahey said his nephew enlisted for a four-year tour and was due to finish the last few months of service at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. He said the family is devastated by Fahey's death.
"We're all still in shock," he said.
"Christopher Fahey said his brother told him the Army is sending his nephew's body to the United States and will hold a private ceremony Wednesday morning at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for the aunt and uncle who raised Fahey. Funeral arrangements for friends and relatives are still being finalized, he said.
"Fahey was in a military police unit as part of the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, deployed out of Lewis-McChord.
"He enlisted in the Army on Aug. 31, 2007, in Springfield, Mass., and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in September 2009 for basic training, according to unit records. Following his training, Fahey served 12 months at Camp Walker in Korea.
"Fahey reported to then-Fort Lewis (now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord). In June 2010, his company deployed to Afghanistan.
"On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pfc. Fahey," the public affairs office at the base said in a statement.
"Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered state and U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in Fahey's honor.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pfc. David Fahey," Malloy said in a statement. "Our country lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, and we stand with the men and women who are grieving the loss of Pfc. Fahey, and the families of the other brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts go out to the soldiers who are working so hard, so far away from home. We wish for your safe and speedy return."
Kenneth Stepp salutes Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., age 23, killed in action in Afghanistan. Let's support our troops by bringing them home this week!