Tuckerman Soldier Dies in Iraq

September 24, 2007  -- Posted at 5:15 p.m. CST

Tuckerman, AR --

DoD Identifies Army Casualty
            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.             Spc. David L. Watson, 29, of Newport, Ark., died Sept. 22 in Baqubah, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related accident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.             The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.             For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152, (253) 967-0147 or after hours at (253) 967-0015 (ask for the public affairs officer on call).

A local soldier serving with the US Army in Iraq has died.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of 29- year old David Watson. He was a combat medic with the 2nd Infantry, was from Tuckerman. He was well-known in the area as a great student and family man.

A 1996 graduate of Tuckerman High School, David Watson had a list of achievements, Top Honors, Mr. THS, and Student of the Year.  But those who knew him, like teacher Kaye People, say he was much more.

"What a fine young man he was, and even people that didn't know him at this school knew him as their swanns man, he was a handsome man, and big beautiful eyes and always had something to say to cheer you up."

The list goes on and on about the life that David Watson lived and just who he was.

"He was truly a bright and shining moment in Tuckerman or wherever he was David could be an ambassador for this world."

His mother and grandmother both work at the school in Tuckerman, where co-workers are all banning together to get through this rough time.

They are a fiber of this community of this school district. It was an honor to have David Watson at this school, to have Mrs. Linda and Mrs. Bobo, and we will just embrace each other. It's one huge family... when one hurts we all hurt... when one laughs, rejoices, we all rejoice. We are all saddened by David's death... we are all sad, but we are comforted in knowing that he was proud of doing what he was doing."

Since David and his family spent so much time at this school, Superintendent Chester Shannon says it's fitting that they will come back here to celebrate the life of David Watson.

"This is home to them, some of them are teaching in other towns and things like that, but this is the only facility large enough for family and we just want to make this available to them and we're proud to do so."

"We will miss David, I am so proud that I was one of David's teachers, he made my life richer."

As well as many others.

Funeral Arrangements have not been made, but we will pass those along to you as soon as they are made available to us.