Huhn

Huhn
Huhn
Marine LCPL
Portland, MI
12/01/2005
Age: 
24
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Two Rivers Park
Portland, MI

Killed by an improvised explosive device while engaged in combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, Twenty Nine Palms, CA.

Marine Lance Cpl. David A. Huhn was born on April 13, 1981, in Portland, Michigan. He was the fourth of four children born to Larry and Diane Huhn, joining Christine, Jamie and Kevin. In 1990 he suffered the loss of his sister Jamie who was killed in a farming accident and in 2005 he would lose his father, aged 54 to a heart attack.

While growing up David was a very active child, whose devilish grin earned him the nickname, Smiley. He spent his boyhood days fishing, sledding and going on adventures with brother Kevin and two neighbor boys, Mick and Gordy Hamberg. The four boys were inseparable and often enjoyed dressing up in their father’s old army uniforms and playing soldier. By age eight David was playing sports he continued to play baseball, basketball and football all through high school. He was active not only physically but mentally as well. David loved to play games such as Memory and Rummy, regularly beating everyone in the family. He soon moved on to more challenging games such as video games especially medieval role-playing games.

During high school, David took Building Trades classes and enjoyed building things. After graduating from Portland High School in 2000, he worked for a local builder and later for the Huhn Construction Company. Although only 20 years old at the time, the events of 9/11 would influence his life. His older brother, Kevin, had been a Marine and David heard an inner voice calling him into military service. In 2004 he would join the Marine Corps. It didn’t take him long to discover that this, indeed, was the life that he had been searching for. David loved the Corps and had wanted to make it a career. He entered Basic Training in October 2004 and graduated on January 5, 2005. Seven weeks later he would lose his father. After returning to Camp Pendleton and graduating from Infantry Training he was assigned to Twenty-nine Palms to attend Battalion Training as a member of Fox Company. At 24, David was older and more mature than most of the young men in his unit and that earned him a new nickname, Old Man.

In July of 2005, David’s unit 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Expeditionary Force, deployed to Iraq. Four months later, near Fallujah, Iraq, David and a group of 30 Marines converged on a former flourmill. The building was searched, as it was to be used for an awards and promotions ceremony. A ceremony where David was to be one of the Marines honored. Shortly after the ceremony, an undetected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded, killing 10 and wounding 11 others. Lance Cpl. David A. Huhn would be on of those killed, dying in the arms of the unit corpsman.

David’s military awards and decorations include The Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Ribbon and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

Though David was only with us for 24 years, he was blessed to find his calling, his purpose, something that many who live far longer never find for themselves.

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