David Hartman, 27
He’d tell me, 'You don’t have to worry anymore, Mom. I’m not kicking in doors and doing the dangerous stuff anymore.’ That’s why it was such a shock when we heard. As a mother, I just want everyone to know what a special person he was and be as proud of him as I am.
— Trea Bacon, mother
Hartman was on his way to attend the opening ceremony of a girls’ school that he had helped to build when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in the Lower Dir District of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, according to the U.S. Army. The attack claimed the lives of two other servicemen. A native of Merced, Hartman had seen combat in Afghanistan and later in Iraq but had decided it was time to try something new. He had completed the Army civil affairs training program and was focused on coordinating the construction of schools and other humanitarian projects.