On May 22nd, 2006 at the age of 25, Marine Sgt. David R. Christoff was killed in action while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He is now laid to rest along with many other Fallen Heroes at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
David volunteered for duty the day after the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attack on the World Trade Centers in New York City, motivated by the desire to protect the freedom and safety of those he loved.
David loved the Marine Corp. and his fellow Marines and during the 5 years that he had the opportunity to serve he made a lifetime of impressions on those he served with, many of whom have relayed stories of his courage, compassion and leadership, attributes he displayed on a daily basis and which came to the forefront during battle. Marine Sgt. David Christoff was a warrior and a true leader of men, receiving numerous citations and medals for Valor and Bravery, including two Purple Hearts for injuries received in battle and three Navy/Marine Commendation Medals for heroic achievement while serving as a squad leader in the Battle for Fallujah.
He was praised by former President George W. Bush during his weekly radio address and cited as an example of American courage and commitment, and of selfless service to country.
David was also a beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend, and the terrible pain of his loss lives within many of us as acutely today as it did on May 22, 2006. We are proud of David, of the person he was, and we mourn not having the opportunity to witness the person he would someday become, a sentiment that was beautifully written by his sister, Lauren, who was eleven years old at the time of his death….
My world has stopped.
As I sit here mortified,
I realize how much my family means to me.
He was the one that was gone,
But I was the one feeling the pain.
My stomach ached from the thought
Of my brother being gone.
At that moment everything passed through my mind,
The future we had,
The future I wanted.
Meeting his kids,
A part of my life is gone.
Reminds me of him.
I remember the games, the names he called me.
I was his Borscaby,
And he was my Davey.
I loved him,
Whenever I needed someone to talk to,
He was there.
He helped me through the tough times,
He made fun times even better.
The news says that the troops didn’t make a difference,
They made a difference,
He made a difference.
Protecting your life and mine
Is what he loved.
Today, people don’t appreciate what they have
Until it is gone,
Now he is gone,
And I am feeling the pain.
Thank you all for your participation in our tournament and in honoring and celebrating David and the many others who have served and sacrificed for our benefit and the benefit of our country. Today, you have made a difference in the lives of others.
God Bless you and your loved ones and God Bless America.
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