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September 17. 2012 10:53PM

Friends, family remember Milford soldier who died on Sept. 4


American flags line the front of Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford on Monday as friends, family and members of the military said goodbye to Army Spc. Jared Davison of Milford. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER PHOTO)

BEDFORD — Remembered for his penetrating eyes, an infectious smile and an unwavering love of family, God and country, Army Spc. Jared Aaron Davison was laid to rest in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawan Monday following a service at the Bethany Covenant Church.

Davison, 24, died Sept. 4 at Fort Eustis, Va., where he was stationed with the serving as a watercraft engineer with the 558th Transportation Company, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade. He graduated from Milford High School in 2006 and attended Norwich Academy in Vermont and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“He was the most loyal friend I ever had,” said Brian Carl Story, who attended West Point with Davison for three years. “He always had my back.”

Story said Davison never stopped talking about his brothers, Jeremy and Jordan.

“He looked up to you guys so much,” Story said. “He loved his family. I wanted you guys to know that.”

The cause of Davison’s death has still not been determined, said Maj. Greg Heilshorn, the public affairs officer for the New Hampshire National Guard, and it could be weeks before the investigation is completed.

But as hundreds of family, friends, and members of the military gathered in Davison’s honor in Bedford, the focus was not on how he died, but how he lived.

“He had a particular genius that made me smile whenever he would come to mind,” said Pastor Harry Sabnani, youth director for the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. Sabnani said he and others saw Davison’s draw to the military through his love of service projects, and passion for helping others Pastor Mike Ortel said when he heard the news that Davison had died, he immediately called his two sons, and for perhaps the first time ever, cried in front of his children.

“When I learned the news, it was like a dagger hit my heart as I started thinking about what his family was going to have to endure,” said Ortel. “How can something good come out of something so bad? We just don’t understand.”

Pastor Dedrick Blue, Davison’s cousin, said the young man was loyal to his friends, almost to a fault.

“He lay down to serve as a bridge to bring diverse cultures together. He had a smile born of true compassion and genuine love. And he had the most penetrating eyes that beamed intelligence and demanded his own truth,” said Blue.

nfoster@newstote.com


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