An Air Force master sergeant lauds the life and service of Staff Sgt. David W. Textor during a memorial ceremony at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel July 28. The airman served in Iraq with Textor before Textor died while supporting combat operations in Iraq. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Thomas)
FORT LEWIS, Wash. (1st SFG release) – Staff Sgt. David W. Textor had two main goals in life: be a great Soldier and be a great father.
Textor, who earned his Green Beret in 2006, was a weapons sergeant assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), who was memorialized July 28th at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel on Fort Lewis, Wash.
The native of Jamestown, N.Y. died July 15 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in support of combat operations in Mosul, Iraq.
“He was a great Soldier, Father, Son and Brother” said Col. Rand Binford, commander of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), of the 27 year-old. “He was a Warrior that stood tall, and said send me – I will go to fight for those who cannot, and defend those that seek our protection, and I ask nothing in return for myself except the honor to serve.”
Textor, an avid outdoors man who enjoyed camping, riding his bike, taking walks and spending time with his family was described as a patriot who deeply believed in his mission.
"He wanted to fight for his country and his children," said Colette Textor, his wife, in an interview in The Olympian newspaper.
Textor’s team leader, who was also injured in the same incident that killed Textor, said the weapons sergeant was “the epitome of a team player.”
“He could be counted on for the hardest and harshest details,” said the team leader. “Just being around (Staff Sgt.) Dave (Textor) made you try harder, be faster and be smarter.”
Textor was laid to rest July 24 in Fairbanks, Alaska in a separate ceremony.
Textor's military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral "2" device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Textor is survived by his wife, Colette, and their five children Caleb, McKenna, Ryan, Boden and Jadon of Olympia, Wash; his father Bill Textor, of Pine City, Minn.; his mother and stepfather, Jennie and Kevin Lindberg of Salem, Virginia; and his five sisters: Laurie, Michelle, Terra, Karen and Kellie.