CW4 David Rudolph Carter, 47, died Aug. 6, 2011,
near Combat Outpost Sayed Abad, Afghanistan due to hostile enemy action.
born July 12, 1964, at the Royal Air Force Base in Mildenhall, England, to
Vonley and Elsie Carter. He attended Hays High School in Hays, KS and graduated
from Fort Hays State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Zoology.
together by mutual friends, David and Laura (Larzalere) began a short courtship
in 1985 and soon became engaged. They were married on December 27, 1986 and in
1987 moved to Ft. Rucker, AL, where Dave attended helicopter flight school at
the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. After graduation from flight
school, Dave and Laura moved to Fort Collins, CO where they started their
family. It was in Fort Collins that their two children, Kyle (20) and Kaitlen
(17), were born.
was Carter's second combat deployment with the 2-135th GSAB. His previous
deployment was to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
came to Colorado from the Kansas Army National Guard in May 1988. His military
decorations include an Army Service Ribbon, two National Defense Service
Medals, Master Army Aviation Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Aviation
Badge, Senior Army Aviation Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Combat Action Badge, Iraqi Campaign Medal, two Air Medals, two Armed Forces
Reserve Medals with "M" devices, Overseas Service Ribbon, six Army
Component Achievement Medals, and several state decorations including the Long
Service Medal, Foreign Deployment Service Medal, Active Service Medal, and an
emergency service medal. He also received an emergency service medal from
a passionate outdoors man who loved to hunt and fish. He was a dedicated dad who
truly enjoyed the company of his children and instilled in them a passion for
the outdoors. One of his greatest pleasures was going on hunting trips with his
children and friends. In his private moments of reflection, Dave read the Bible
and had a truly deep and abiding relationship with God. His membership at the
Eastern Hills Community Church was important in his life and he was proud to
serve on the "Sheep Dogs" Security Team there.
include his wife Laura Carter, son Kyle Carter, daughter Kaitlen Carter of
Centennial, CO; mother Elsie Carter of Aurora, CO; brothers Bill Carter of
Aurora, CO, Mark Carter of Stavanger, Norway, and half-brother Paul Carter of
Fort Worth, TX.