In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Saturday, March 18, 2006

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.


At 8:58 PM, Blogger kbug said...

Oh no......I can't believe it. Ijust want to cry. I keep thinking how unfair this is for his poor wife...she had to endure such a terrible loss before, and now this. My heart aches so much for her. But then I think about what you said...the little soldier is in Heaven with his brave father...oh my gosh...what a beautiful way to put it. You know, these are people that I wouldn't have known anything about if you hadn't written about they're people I'll never forget.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Oh man. I'm so sorry...

At 4:59 PM, Blogger AFSister said...


oh please... please don't let this be true, although, I know it is.
I am shocked, and sad. So very, very sad.
I know they are together in Heaven, but man, that was WAY too soon.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mitts family, especially his widow who has now lost not only her husband, but her infant son as well. oh man... SO SAD.

At 7:52 AM, Blogger MarciKayO said...

I met his little brother today in my hometown of Long Beach, WA and he is still very much missing his big brother. It reminded me that the war is not over until our last soldier comes home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm saddened to hear SGT Mitt's family has suffered so much loss.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Dave was a good friend of mine...I think about him, Tara(his wife), and their baby boy Landon all the time. Dave was a soldier of mine in Fort Campbell and was sent to Fort Lewis before we deployed to Iraq. Dave called me before he deployed with the Stryker BDE and all I could say was be safe..less then 6 months later Dave was killed in Iraq. Myself along with numerous close friends from Campbell met in OR for his funeral. We were blessed to be able to bring his casket from the hurse into his memorial service at his HS and back to the hurse. I cried as the hurse doors closed because that was the last time I would be able to touch my friend. Some how I felt as long as he kept moving, he was still with us but once he was at his grave site I realized that I lost a friend, Tara lost a husband, Landon lost a father, and this country lost a true soldier. I know Landon is with Dave and they are watching over Tara and all of us that loved and knew him. Rest in Peace brother, and we all miss you!

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Howard Powers said...

Hey Doc here, ever since returning from that tour I have felt like I needed to know the people he left behind. I remember being tapped on the shoulder by Tara I believe in 2005 and I have not seen her since. Does anyone know if she is in WA still? I am still and well wanted to know also who write this and maybe lets all gather and talk sometime. I was there and could use the chance to talk to someone about this that has bothered me nearly 10 years now

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

This is Tara's older sister. She lives in Oregon now. Please email me at I can answer more questions


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