Thousands Show Up To Support Army Specialist David Alan Hess

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Updated 10/23/2010 @ 1:15 pm

Thousands of people lined the street to the South Parkersburg Baptist Church in a show of support for Army Specialist David Alan Hess, a Wood County native killed while serving overseas.

Army Specialist David Hess, a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, passed away Sunday, October 10, in Afghanistan while serving with the 101st Airborne. Saturday, thousands gathered to show their appreciation to Spc. Hess, his family and all those who serve.

The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the funeral procession from Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home to the South Parkersburg Baptist Church. Hundreds of riders were on hand and made a flag line in front of SPBC on arrival.

Spc. Hess' service began at 11:30, Saturday morning. Pastor Ed Rogers officiated the service will full military honors. The service was attended by family members and friends of Spc. Hess'.

Spc. David Hess' final resting place is the Windy Ridge Cemetery in Jackson County.

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Updated 10/22/2010 @ 3:05pm

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. and state flags displayed at state facilities will be lowered to half-staff Saturday to honor a soldier from Parkersburg who was killed in Afghanistan.

Gov. Joe Manchin issued an order to lower the flags Friday.

Manchin's office says an improvised explosive device detonated near 25-year-old U.S. Army Pfc. David Alan Hess' patrol unit. Hess died Oct. 10 from injuries suffered in the explosion.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

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Updated 10/20/2010 @ 11:47 a.m.

A fallen soldier from Mineral Wells has returned home Wednesday.

The body of Army Specialist David Alan Hess was flown to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Wednesday morning.

Hess was killed by a roadside bomb last Sunday in Afghanistan. He was serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

"They brought a very special hero back home - Specialist David Hess. He served his country. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country," said Michael McLain, Commandant of the Wood County Marine Corps League Detachment 1087.

A crowd gathered to salute Army Specialist David Hess at the airport Wednesday morning.

The Patriot Guard Riders provided escort from the airport to the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home on Pike Street.

Hess is a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg South High School and still has family in the area.


Updated 10/19/2010 @ 5:45 pm

Official information from Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home was released October 19th at 5:34 pm concerning the funeral for David Alan Hess:

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, at South Parkersburg Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Rogers officiating with full military honors. Interment will follow at Windy Ridge Cemetery, Jackson County. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Friday, Oct. 22, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, in south Parkersburg.


Updated: 10/12/2010 @ 5:55 P.M.

A Mid-Ohio Valley man who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom...was once part of a Parkersburg South High School championship wrestling team.

Tim McCartney was the coach of the 2003 South High wrestling team, of which Army Private First Class David Hess was a member.

He says that while Hess wasn't a starter on that team, he definitely contributed to its success.

McCartney says that, because Hess loved what he called the "heat of battle" that came from being on the wrestling team, he isn't surprised hess later joined the Army.

"I have a son in the Army, and he loves the Army, too," McCartney said Wednesday. "But he was the kind of kid who you would want to be the one to defend our freedoms, and put out there knowing he'd do a good job. And he gave everything he had."

McCartney adds Hess was well-liked, and while he knew how to have fun, religion was also important to him.

Funeral arrangements for Hess are not yet complete.


A Wood County soldier has died in Afghanistan.

Army Private First Class David A. Hess, a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, passed away Sunday, October 10, in Afghanistan while serving with the 101st Airborne.

The 25 year old was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he moved with his wife and young son.

He has family members in the Mineral Wells area.

Kathy Dowler, Hess' mother, describes her son as "an excellent son, excellent father, excellent husband and excellent brother."

Dowler says information surrounding Hess' death is still scarce. "The Army is still conducting their investigation. We were told that he was on a combat mission. An IBM bomb exploded which he was killed in."

Dowler says she will rely on family and friends to help her through the tough times that are ahead. She adds that Hess' young son will know his father's legacy.

"He will be told of his dad that he's a hero. He's a hero. And always will be in my mind and everybody elses. He did what he loved and he died for what he loved. And that's our country. And Bryor will know that. Bryor will be brought up with the same respect and the same traditions that my son was brought up in."

Pfc. Hess' remains were flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday.

The Department of Defense says Pfc. Hess was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home will handle the services.

The photos attached to this story were submitted to us by a family friend.


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