Memorial Page Established By Mary Ellen Todd
In honor of SFC David James Todd, Jr.
Our son was a soldier that every man wants to be, a father that every man hopes to be, and a
friend who was admired and respected by all those who knew him, a true and honest human
being that was always there for you. He's the definition of a true hero, never giving up until
the mission was done, and never ever leaving a fellow soldier behind. That was proven in a
fierce battle in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan August 20, 2008, where he helped save 12 soldiers.
He firmly believed this motto: “no man left behind": A soldier that was saved that day, says
"On 20 August 2008 American Soldiers were involved in a nine hour battle in which a twelve
man patrol became beleaguered and in dire need of extraction from overwhelming Taliban
forces. Sergeant First Class David J. Todd,organized a quick reaction force of American
soldiers and came to the aid of his men. SFC Todd served as a gunner during the fight, and
recovered his brothers through a barrage of small arms fire and rocket propelled grenade
impacts. He was killed during the extraction of the patrol from the city of Joy-I-Khawaja just 3
kilometers south of Bala Murghab.
After the battle of 20 August 2008, the American flag grommets were severed from its
halyards’ never to be flown again and it was to be used to drape the body of our friend
Sergeant First Class David J. Todd. However, this flag was remounted upon the pole to mark
the base during a Taliban counter-attack upon the patrols return. It is because of David’s
sacrifice that the 12 men of the patrol survived. We will never forget David – our brother. He
was a leader of men. David was committed to his men and moreover he loved his family and
country. Often we would see him awake at sunrise talking to his love ones. He and the other
fathers shared stories of their children and old memories of each of their childhood. One of
our favorite memories of David is when his team stationed in Delaram, Afghanistan was
preparing dinner. A young soldier attempted to grill steaks for the team, only to completely
burn the first rack of steaks. David, pushed him aside and began to prepare the steaks,
taunting him for his age and inexperience at the grill. It is a simple memory, but to his team, so
was David. He was a proud son, loving husband, father and friend. His leadership qualities
are a continuing yardstick for other’s to strive for.
Our son was a fair leader, always pushing the guys just a little bit more than they thought
they could handle, and he knew their potential. What a go getter, never did anyone think to
say they were done or couldn't go on, in SFC Todd's platoon that just wouldn't fly. His troops
will never forget his love for that darn cup of coffee! Even in the miserably hot, humid
temperatures of Fort Polk, Iraq or Afghanistan you would never see him without a cup of java
in his hand! (or on his desk) When K TRP was deployed to Iraq the request from ouor son
was "send more coffee!" That I did, coffee, bar b cue sauce, and beef jerky, were his favorites!
One of his friends stated: “He's a wonderful man and will be missed terribly. To Dave's fellow
soldiers: make SFC Todd proud. Go a little above and beyond, take charge; show a fellow
soldier the "way" just as he did for you, give 110% every day, you know he wouldn't accept
any less from you! Never forget the sacrifices he and other hero’s like him have made for us,
we should forever be thankful to them and their families. Thanks Dave for all the memories,
laughs, and good times. Rest in peace my friend; your job here is done. Scouts out!
Our son’s passing is extremely painful; he was the older of two children. He and his sister,
Stephanie Keller were very close, even though the miles separated them, their love for each
other followed them throughout their lives.
People have said “time heals all wounds”. I have a different outlook on something like this; I
see that our lives have changed and it will be like this forever. Holidays, birthdays, special
occasion’s etc., are so painful it is indescribable.
Rest in Peace my son, for one day God will join us together.
God Bless you Love Mom
"No greater love is that of a soldier to lay down his life for his fellow man".
Thank you and God Bless
Mary & David Todd, Sr.
November 04, 2018
It has been 10 years and almost 2 months since our son, left this world. Not a day goes by
that he is not missed and loved. For the past 10 years, we and many Americans, friends,
family and "brothers", have Honored our son with: Hero Bracelets, his Photo Pendant,
numerous "Bricks" bearing his name in various Patriotic sites, his Portrait in many museums,
a bench in our city park; also bearing his name, a DOT sign with his name - spanning for two
miles, his Dog Tag with the Wreath Across Texas, Flags with his name and one with the
Purple Heart Flag and Plaque, his name in numerous 5K runs - Honoring our Fallen Heroes, T-
shirts with his picture in military uniform, and in numerous publishes books in so many
places our son has been Honored across the United States of America and even in Italy! We
located the FOB Todd sign (after numerous attempts to find it) when we learned the camp
was shut down and it was presented to us in a ceremony at Ft Sam Houston, as was the
Todd Fitness Center, sign. There are so many quilts, military bears, walking stick, pillows,
purses, that we have received in our son's Memory and Honor. Our son, known and loved by
many....our gift to our son is to continue to tell his story so children, strangers, Patriots, and
so many, many people will know about this young man, who loved his brothers-in-arms, his
country, family and friends and a soldier who laid down his life for his fellow man. There is no
great gift than that of a man, who lays down his life for his "brothers". That was proven on
August 20, 2008. There is an "empty seat at the table" and life is not the same since our son's
On August 18, 2018, in the City of San Antonio, Tx; approved by our Mayor and Councilmen,
a bridge was named in our son's Memory. It is a bridge our son crossed so many times, as a
youth to an adult. This, as his sister has stated in the ceremony, is "Dave's resting place", for
this bridge holds so many wonderful memories of our son and brother. It was a day so many
of David's friends that he has served with in his military career, attended the ceremony in
Honor of their brother and Honored us with telling us some of their memorable times with
Dave. It was and will always be a Memorable Event and Ceremony. Patriot Guards, City and
Military Officials, friends, family, strangers, media attended. Here is a poem I wrote in Honor
of this ceremony:
They say a Bridge is a connection
Joining a beginning to an ending
A bridge is like ones life
It starts from birth, to the end of one's life
It is built sturdy and strong
Nothing else will do
It is filled with beautiful memories
Of those who crossed this bridge
And, if you stand very still my friend
You can almost hear the sounds
Of a young man who once crossed
"David's Bridge", not so long ago....
By Mary Todd - for my son, David on August 18, 2018
(no sharing or copies of this poem is permissible, for this is my gift to my son)
We would like to "Thank" each one of you who left a eulogy for our son....you have no idea
how each word you wrote, I have cherished in my heart! I come here often and re-read what
you have written.
Mary and David Todd, Sr. - Gold Star Parents
November 19, 2014
SFC David Todd
I knew SFC Todd when we were stationed at FT Polk and in Iraq with 3/2 ACR. I knew he was
killed in 2008 but I was just thinking about him tonight and wanted to post something. He
was the kind of guy you wanted with you when your back was against the wall and you were
in the fight. Men come in all shapes, sizes and with different personalities. We are all flawed.
SFC Todd was no different and neither am I. Todd was tougher and better than most and was
the kind of man whose metal results in other men being allowed to live our blessed lives. He
was great that way and I am proud to have known him. He is the kind of man that makes the
American fighting man known throughout the world. Thinking about you Todd. Thank God
August 24, 2013
May God bless your family and those left behind, a stronger group and a stronger country
because of your action and courage. I honor the family that created this hero, and the family
that has the strength to carry on without him. Rest in peace, Hero.
Memorial Day 2013
MSG Michael Kibler
Memorial Day 2011
I remember your sacrafice and know you still watch over our country and feel your presence
when it rains.
December 5, 2010
SFC Robert K. Bozeman
In Honor Of SFC David Todd
Rest in peace Brother....
SFC Todd was my platoon sergeant when I was in Killer Troop 2ACR...I deployed with him as
his senior scout. Many a night we talked about this first deployment of many to come during
Operation Iraqi Freedom. I PCSd early from the platoon to Germany, but was fortunate to run
into David back in Iraq later that same year...What a difference he made on my life and taught
me so much about being a leader and mentor. Words cannot express how much of an impact
he had on me. I sit today in Iraq on my 5th deployment as a Platoon Sergeant and know I
wouldn't be half the leader I am today if it hadn't been for David. He always made it look
easy. He truly lived the motto 'If you ain't Cav...you ain't shit!'...
January 18, 2010
My name is Shon Schaffran. I knew SFC. Todd when he was a brand new Private. I am very
sorry to hear about his passing and the pain, that is felt by family and those close to him. I
was in HHC 3/32, that was re-designated 1/12 Cav. SFC. Todd was my roommate for part of
that time. I remember him as a very kind,giving and devoted person. It does not surprise me,
that he served well and with distinction. It is nice to read about how he grew as a soldier and
became a leader that people looked to. From what I read about David, it sounds like he trusted
in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and eternal life. I can not imagine how hard it is on
David's family now that he is gone. Hopefully you can take comfort, that he is with Christ
Jesus his Savior(Revelation 21:1-7). My prayers to Jesus Christ for David's family and loved
Romans 5:8 (King James Version)
8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
|SFC David James Todd, Jr.
United States Army
KIA 20 August 2008 Afghanistan
|Fitness center David established
renamed in his honor
|FOB renamed in Davids honor
|David BBQ 'n