Military Hero David Coullard
by Kevin Caruso
Military hero Sgt. David Coullard, 32, was an outstanding Marine.
And no one could better describe this military hero than his mother:
"My son had a job to do, that he volunteered to do. He was a Marine. He was a professional. He was a hero. He is a hero."
A perfect description from a wonderful person, Anita Dziedzic, Davidís mom.
Anita loved to receive e-mails from David, especially e-mails with pictures.
"It was like seeing him again. It was wonderful," she said about the photos that David sent her.
One day, Anita was waiting for her sister to bring over a new puppy, so she was looking out her front
window to spot her; but she saw two Marines drive up instead.
"When they got out of the car, I knew," she said.
The Marines informed Anita that her only son had been killed in Iraq.
David was killed on August 1, 2005, by enemy small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations outside Hatitha, Iraq.
"He's a hero," said Anita. "He's just like any fireman or policeman. You know the risks each time you head out.
And that's kind of prepared me. But it doesn't make it any easier."
"We both knew the risks," she said. "He was a sniper up on a hill somewhere.
So I always wanted to believe he was safe. Then I think about all the kids getting killed in
Hartford and that's all so senseless. This isn't good either, but this was his job and he did it well."
Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell issued the following statement: "We owe Sgt. Coullard a debt of gratitude for so
selflessly taking such a heroic path in the service of our country. The sacrifice Sgt. Coullard made for
each and every one of us is immeasurable, and I ask that everyone to consider his loss and appreciate his courage and bravery."
Governor Rell also ordered flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of David.
David grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and graduated from Glastonbury High, where he played soccer.
"From the time he was about 9 years old he talked about joining the Marines," said Anita.
About a month before David was killed, he was shot, but he quickly returned to duty.
David exhibited tremendous bravery and commitment by retuning to duty as quickly as he did.
"I was amazed at his professionalism," said Anita.
David was a handsome, hard working, intelligent, compassionate, and dedicated Marine.
God bless you David.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
America is proud of you.
You are a true military hero.
We miss you.
We love you.
You are an angel.