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This profile was last updated on 10/7/11  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Crew Chief
  • Army

Education

  • Sierra Mountain High School
Web References
I talked to the staff sergeant's ...
www.tracypress.com, 7 Oct 2011 [cached]
I talked to the staff sergeant's father, David H. Senft, who provided some perspective.
He told me about a conversation he had with a lieutenant colonel, who said the Blackhawk crew chief was known for refusing to run to safety when a comrade was in danger.
According to the Army officer, he said, on at least one occasion when a wounded soldier was on the ground but the copter's pilot wanted to take off because of heavy fire, the staff sergeant unhooked his harness and told the pilot to take off. He, however, wouldn't leave anyone behind.
Senft hauled the casualty back to the Blackhawk - the pilot stayed, after all - and the wounded man lived.
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David's father agrees: "I think that soldier David saved would say, damn right he should be on (the memorial)."
Before killing himself in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Senft had his gun taken from him and was put on medication, but he was left in a war zone. He at least once had his fourth deployment delayed because of mental health troubles, but he was sent overseas anyway. He'd already been treated for mental health issues stateside while in the military.
If anything, Senft was failed by his country, not the other way around.
...
Senft did for his fellow servicemen or his country. Neither does having his name on the war memorial's black granite lessen the honor of the others whose names are graven there.
I say, engrave the name. Let it stay there, in memory of a man who gave to his country until he had nothing left to give.
...
Senft do? One? Two? Three? I think he was on his fourth tour of combat for our country.
He is to be remembered and discussed honorably. That's my two cents. Staff Sgt. Senft was a hero. Everybody on that wall is a hero.
Staff Sgt. Senft never left anybody behind.
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I don't think David ever cared if the wounded soldier he saved was Catholic or not. David was raised Christian and attended a non-denominational church in Tracy.
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David H. Senft
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I don't think David ever cared if the wounded soldier he saved was Catholic or not. David was raised Christian and attended a non-denominational church in Tracy.
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David served 8 years and 8 months in the Army. He was a crew chief on a blackhawk and it was his job to go in, many times under fire, and rescue those who had been injured. Many times David and his crew were succesful and lives were saved. Too many times some gave all and died on the flight back to KAF.
David saw his share of life and death during his many deployments. David lost close friends in this war, Brandon Silk being the most recent.
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In the AR 15-6 report witnesses state that David cried during the ramp ceremony when Brandon was sent home from KAF. (Yes, soldiers do cry)
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Were tears shed by his brothers in arms when David was sent home the final time?
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David H. Senft
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Respect the family and loved ones that David left behind and do the honorable thing...just as David did.
I talked to the staff sergeant's ...
www.tracypress.com, 7 Oct 2011 [cached]
I talked to the staff sergeant's father, David H. Senft, who provided some perspective.
He told me about a conversation he had with a lieutenant colonel, who said the Blackhawk crew chief was known for refusing to run to safety when a comrade was in danger.
According to the Army officer, he said, on at least one occasion when a wounded soldier was on the ground but the copter's pilot wanted to take off because of heavy fire, the staff sergeant unhooked his harness and told the pilot to take off. He, however, wouldn't leave anyone behind.
Senft hauled the casualty back to the Blackhawk - the pilot stayed, after all - and the wounded man lived.
...
David's father agrees: "I think that soldier David saved would say, damn right he should be on (the memorial)."
Before killing himself in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Senft had his gun taken from him and was put on medication, but he was left in a war zone. He at least once had his fourth deployment delayed because of mental health troubles, but he was sent overseas anyway. He'd already been treated for mental health issues stateside while in the military.
If anything, Senft was failed by his country, not the other way around.
...
Senft did for his fellow servicemen or his country. Neither does having his name on the war memorial's black granite lessen the honor of the others whose names are graven there.
I say, engrave the name. Let it stay there, in memory of a man who gave to his country until he had nothing left to give.
...
Senft do? One? Two? Three? I think he was on his fourth tour of combat for our country.
He is to be remembered and discussed honorably. That's my two cents. Staff Sgt. Senft was a hero. Everybody on that wall is a hero.
Staff Sgt. Senft never left anybody behind.
...
Thanks to the Conover's, Senft's, and all other military & family members who have bared such a great burden for the rest of us.
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I don't think David ever cared if the wounded soldier he saved was Catholic or not. David was raised Christian and attended a non-denominational church in Tracy.
...
David H. Senft
...
I don't think David ever cared if the wounded soldier he saved was Catholic or not. David was raised Christian and attended a non-denominational church in Tracy.
...
David served 8 years and 8 months in the Army. He was a crew chief on a blackhawk and it was his job to go in, many times under fire, and rescue those who had been injured. Many times David and his crew were succesful and lives were saved. Too many times some gave all and died on the flight back to KAF.
David saw his share of life and death during his many deployments. David lost close friends in this war, Brandon Silk being the most recent.
...
In the AR 15-6 report witnesses state that David cried during the ramp ceremony when Brandon was sent home from KAF. (Yes, soldiers do cry)
...
Were tears shed by his brothers in arms when David was sent home the final time?
...
David H. Senft
...
Respect the family and loved ones that David left behind and do the honorable thing...just as David did.
In his youth, Senft went rock ...
www.signonsandiego.com, 12 Dec 2010 [cached]
In his youth, Senft went rock climbing and on other expeditions with his father, David H. Senft.
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Senft lived in Tracy, Calif., until his early adolesence.
In 2001, he graduated from Sierra Mountain High School in Grass Valley, Calif., which he listed as hometown.
He joined the Army in March 2002.
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"He wanted to do something more immediate in his life, and wanted to help his country," said his father, David.
The 21-year-old combat engineer died Nov. 5 in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan when a bomb he was dismantling exploded. He was assigned to Fort Drum.
While abroad, he kept in close touch with his family through Skype, a web-based video service.
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