David Mitts and his son
When Sgt. David Mitts was killed in action on Dec. 4, 2004, I lost a friend; a father lost a son; a wife lost a husband; and soon-to-be born child lost a father.
I’ve written about Mitts several times and his passing has always pained me, because David was such a good man. He was a Pacific Northwest man who lived by a simple code: give respect, get respect… and appreciate your family. As you may recall from previous posts, David intended to name his child Michael Landon Mitts. “Because he stood for family values,” he said to me on a patrol in Mosul. The child was named Landon David Mitts, but did not live long. According to Sgt. Mitts’ father, Landon had SIDs.
So now the little soldier is in Heaven with his brave father. I’m sure David is holding Landon, looking down on the United States and just smiling. I hope both of them know they’re not forgotten.