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First Name: David

Last Name: Nunez

Birthplace: MEX

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Los Angeles, CA

Date of Birth: 16 June 1980

Date of Death: 29 May 2008

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Years Served:
David Nunez

•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)


David Nunez
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army

On 29 May 2008, Sergeant First Class David Nunez was serving as the Senior Engineer Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 7326 (ODA-7326), Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

On that date, SFC Nunez was part of a combined Afghan National Army (ANA) and U.S. Special Forces patrol in the high plain desert in the vicinity of Shewan Village, Farah Province in Western Afghanistan. As the convoy traveled through the village it immediately became engaged by an enemy force estimated at 40-60 insurgents firing from both the north and south sides of the road. SFC Nunez's vehicle was located in the center of the convoy and as his vehicle moved through the enemy's kill zone it began receiving heavy small arms, medium machine gun and Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) fire. Ignoring his own safety, SFC Nunez immediately began returning fire and identifying enemy positions for the main turret gunner to engage. As SFC Nunez's vehicle continued through the ambush line it was struck by RPGs that disabled it in the kill zone where enemy fire was the heaviest. SFC Nunez continued to suppress and identify enemy positions until he was severely wounded as a result of shrapnel from an RPG. Almost simultaneously, SFC Nunez's vehicle caught fire and secondary explosions were occurring at a rapid rate. SFC Nunez, believing that other Soldiers were still in the vehicle, began to discard ammunition and explosives from the rear of the vehicle in order to ensure others were not injured. During this entire period of time, SFC Nunez was engulfed in flames. Ignoring his wounds and the intense concentration of enemy fire, SFC Nunez continued to assist the convoy pinned in the kill zone until he eventually succumbed to his injuries. SFC Nunez displayed outstanding leadership, extreme tactical competence, composure under fire and bravery while giving his life to ensure the safe return of 25 U.S. Soldiers and 80 ANA Soldiers. SFC Nunez’s courageous actions that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal.

Medals, Awards, Badges and Tabs

Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Army Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Knots
National Defense Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal (Kosovo)
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge
Special Forces Tab

Silver Star Medal Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class David Nunez, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as the Senior Engineer Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 7326 (ODA-7326), Company B, 3d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in combat action against enemy forces in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Farah Province, Afghanistan, on 29 May 2008. Sergeant First Class Nunez's heroic actions during combat operations in Afghanistan were critical to his element's survival in combat against insurgent enemy forces. Sergeant First Class Nunez's bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his command, and the United States Army.


Sergeant First Class David Nunez is buried at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Riverside County, CA, in Section 50, Site 1063.


Honoree ID: 8724   Created by: MHOH




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