Spc. Donovan D. Witham
United States Army
KIA 21 August 2007 Baghdad, Iraq
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Spc. Donovan Witham
Donovan D.Witham, 20, of Malvern, died Tuesday from injuries suffered when an
improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was traveling in
near Baghdad, Iraq.

Witham was a military police officer with the 1st Squadron, 73rd
Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“Specialist Donovan Witham represented everything good about our
paratroopers,” said Maj. Mark Lastoria, Witham’s troop commander. “He
was a volunteer amongst volunteers by not only becoming a military
police officer in the Army, but also a paratrooper.  

“He chose to join the Army when it was fully engaged in the global
war on terrorism, which is courageous enough in its own right,”
Lastoria said. Witham was a 2005 graduate of Glen Rose High School. He played
football, ran track and was a member of the choir, Drama Club and
Student Council. Witham joined the Army in November 2005. He completed
Military Police One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in June
2006.

He arrived to the 82nd in June 2006 and was assigned to 1st Squadron,
73rd Cavalry as a military police officer. “He always strived to be
the best at everything he did,” Lastoria added. “He will be deeply
missed and always remembered by those of us who had the honor to serve
with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and
friends during this sad time.”

Witham’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the
Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign
Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service
Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge.

Witham is survived by his mother, Martha Launius and his stepfather,
Richard Launius, both of Malvern; three sisters, Amber Sharp and husband
Stephen of Magnolia, Jamie Witham of Benton and Virginia Bennett of
Magnolia; and his grandparents, Elizabeth Taylor of Paron, George Dixson
of Malvern, Maxine Beck of Hot Springs and Arville and Carole Launius of
Pine Bluff.

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Donovan, may you rest in peace in the arms of our Jesus. Thank you so
much for all you have done for our country. We will be forever thankful
for your service.














Sept 1, 2008
Wilson
Spc. Witham it's been a little over a year since you've been layed to rest.
Even though you're gone, It feels like you are still here. I never
thought that you would be the one think about during the rough times and
cheering me up. I'm glad I got to meet you in basic training. I wouldn't change
any moment of it. RIP bro. Love ya and miss ya.

August 21, 2008
Casey Moreland
Donovan love you and miss! It is the 21 of august 2008
that makes a year now, that seem crazy, but i just want to let you know
that no one has, or ever will forget who you are and what your about.
We all love you and cant wait to see you again bro.
WOO! WOO!

August 12, 2008
Johnette Witham
Donovan, Carlton and I are very proud of you for your
sacrifice you made to our country.  He always thought you were a very
special boy and loved you like his own, even if he didn't get to see you,
he still thought about you all the time.  When we found out that you
had been killed in Iraq we were very shocked and saddened for your
family.  Just so you know I have every article about you including the Army
paper from Iraq, that my brother got for me while he was in Mosul at
the time, so that when our son Johnathan gets bigger I can show him just
how good a person you were.  May you rest in peace and we will all see
you Heaven someday.

July 03, 2008
SGT Joshua Polland
Donovan, not a day goes by that I do not think of you.
I know that I was hard on you at times, but it was only to keep you
safe and train you to be the outstanding paratrooper that you were. I'll
never forget the talk we had on the bench in Iraq, it made all our hard
work worth while and I hope that you know how much I love you and miss
your goofy grin. You and Darron were like my little brothers, I worried
about you but was so proud of the fact that I could always rely on you
to accomplish the mission. Know that I miss you, brave paratrooper, my
friend, my brother.  Joshua Polland

March 29, 2008
Ashton Duncan

I miss Donny boy every day!!! he will always have a
special place in my heart!!! i will never forget him!!! Can wait to see
that smile again!!! I love you Donovan!!!!

March 7, 2008
Rachel Ferriel
Donovan and I met when we were juniors at Glen Rose
High School.  I had just transfered from Sheridan and felt out of place at
a school of that kind.  Donovan made me feel very welcome from the
very beginning and thats how our friendship started.  He was a very
energetic man who loved to make people laugh.  when he walked into the room
everyone knew he was there.  he made that very well known with some sort
of joke that just made everybody relax.  He loved to pick on people
too.  not in a hurtful way but just to make you smile.  he is very much
missed by all of those who had the pleasure of meeting him and getting
to know him.  he touched alot of peoples lives without even meaning to,
that was just the kind of person he was.  He is gone but never will be
forgotten, for he lives on in our memories that we all share with one
another.  as long as we keep his memory alive he will had not died in
vain.  RIP.

Jan 19, 2008
Glenn Thompson
Donovan  and  I  became  friends  in  2005  shortly
before  he  enlisted.  Donovan  and  I  occasionally  would  meet  at
Huckaby's  Grocery  on  Highway  35  and  go  shooting  at  the  Shaw
bridge  over  the  Saline  River  I  would  have  my  Henry  lever
action .22 rifle  and  he  would bring along  an  ancient  Marlin  with
open  sights.   He  out shot me  every  time  even  in  that  he  always
aspired  to  be  the  best  in  all  that  he  did,  Donovan  was
also  fiercely  loyal  to  his  friends.   One  day  some  people  were
bullying  me  and   Donovan  found out about it  that  was  the  only
time  I  saw  him  angry,  he  went  up  to the instigator  and
started giving him  the  same treatment .   Then  in  no uncertain terms  he
told  the  guy'' It doesn't feel  good  does it?  How  do  you  like
it?  If  you ever bother him  again  you  will find out what a kick
from  a  steel toed western boot  in  the  butt feels like  ''  And I was
never bothered  again  by that bully  after that.   Donovan was  a
great  man  not  a  day  goes  by  that  I  don't  think about him.  
My brother rest in  peace  you are 10-7  and  at  home  in  the  arms of
Jesus  I look forward to  the  day  I will see you  again.

Jan 18, 2008
JAMIE WITHAM
DONOVAN LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU

Dec 30, 2007

Martha Launius
DONOVAN WITHAM WAS A MAN LIKE NO OTHER HE WAS IN LOVE
WITH LIFE IT SELF AND LOVED EVERYONE HE GOT TO KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS A
GIVER EVEN TO THE END. A DAY DOS NOT GO BY WITH OUT ME THINKING OF HIM I
WILL MISS HIM AND AM SO GLAD TO HAVE CALLED HIM MY SON FOR GOD GAVE ME
A GIFT THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET I LOVE YOU SON AND MISS YOU. ILL SEE
YOU IN HEAVEN SOON LOVE MOM
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