“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

KIA September 16th, 2006, Iraq.  David enlisted in the Navy in November 1999, and with his small family moved to the Great Lakes region to begin his career with the US Navy. Looking back, he always had a flair for the Navy, collecting pictures of Navy destroyers, Navy sweatshirts and watching the Army/Navy games on TV. He graduated from Bel Air High School, in Maryland, in 1992 and completed his 2 year degree at Harford Community College. He loved sports and the outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout and was on the swim team in high school.  He married his wife, Cristale, in September 1995 and one year later welcomed their new little girl, Jessica on their first anniversary.  He made his mark in the Navy by becoming “Sailor of the Year” in 2002 while being stationed on the USS Juneau out of Japan. It was while he was in Japan, he became interested in exploring career opportunities with the Explosive Device operations.  Dave was injured in Japan, when he was riding his bicycle in that country and a Japanese truck driver ran over him. He required 9 operations on his leg and thoughts of becoming an EOD were slim. Dave persevered and graduated from EOD school in 2005. He could have given up and applied to get disability, but his love of country and commitment were too strong.Dave was stationed out of Little Creek, VA and did tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. He and his wife were in the process of adopting twin boys, until his death. Unfortunately, upon his death, the adoption did not go through.He is survived by his wife, Cristale, a daughter Jessica, and father, Bob Roddy in Murrells Inlet, SC. His mother, Carol, passed away on June 9, 2013. Dave also had a brother and two nephews.  He was 32 years old.  It is not the date of his birth or the date of his death that makes a man, but the dashes in between.