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Army Capt. David E. Schultz

Died January 31, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

25, of Blue Island, Ill.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Jan. 31 of wounds sustained when the Convoy Support Center at Scania, Iraq, was attacked by indirect enemy fire.

82nd paratrooper dies from wounds in Iraq

The Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The 82nd Airborne Division said a North Carolina-based paratrooper died from wounds he sustained during combat in Scania, Iraq, earlier in the week.

The division said Feb. 2 that Capt. David Schultz of Blue Island, Illinois, was hit by indirect fire Jan. 31. He was a platoon leader assigned to the division’s 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

Schultz graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and joined the Army the same year. He was assigned to the 82nd a year later.

Schultz is survived by his wife, Sabrina, and their son, of Fort Bragg; and his parents, David and Marjorie Schultz, of Blue Island, Ill.

Fallen soldier loved bringing supplies to Iraqi children

The Associated Press

Army 1st Lt. David E. Schultz was featured in a November 2007 news story for his work collecting school materials and soccer balls for Iraqi children.

“Seeing the smiles on Iraqi children’s faces when you bring them the school supplies they need is one of the greatest things I have experienced over here,” he said in an e-mail at the time.

Schultz, 25, of Blue Island, Ill., was killed Jan. 31 by a bomb blast in Baghdad. He was a 2005 graduate of Northern Illinois University and was assigned to Fort Riley, Kan.

“He started out as this shy, quiet little boy and blossomed into a wonderful, caring young man,” said his mother, Marjorie.

“He made us so proud. Every time we turned around, he was getting another award.”

In college he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. He was considered a hard worker on the football field and wrestling mat in high school.

He loved snakes, telling a teacher once that he wanted to bring his pet snake to class because “history is my snake’s favorite subject.”

“He was very friendly and would help anybody out,” said Brittany Sidler, a classmate. “He was always funny.”

He is survived by his wife, Sabrina, and son, Logan.

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