NH soldier dies at Virginia military base

Posted Sept. 12, 2012, at 9:17 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — An Army officer from Milford has died at a Virginia military base of undetermined causes, New Hampshire military officials said Tuesday.

Army Spc. Jared Davison, 24, died Sept. 4 at Fort Eustis in Virginia. The cause of his death has not been determined and remains under investigation, officials said.

Davison was serving as a watercraft engineer with the 558th Transportation Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade. He was a 2006 graduate of Milford High School, who attended Norwich Academy in Vermont and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

His parents — Paula and James Davison of Milford — said he was working toward a promotion to sergeant at the time of his death.

“He had an infectious smile,” James Davison said. “He could break you down with that smile.”

He was such a voracious reader that Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford was his second home, his parents said.

Davison was inspired to join the Army by a family trip to Sequoia National Park where at 16 he discovered that one of the park’s first superintendents — Capt. Charles Young — had been a black cavalry officer and was an 1884 graduate of West Point, his parents said.

Davison’s military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

 

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