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Layton soldier dies in Iraq
As one Utah family buried an Army captain on Wednesday, another family learned that its son, an Army Reservist, also perished in Iraq. Spc.
David J. Goldberg, 20, of Layton died Wednesday in Qayyarah of a "noncombat injury," according to the Pentagon.
No other details were provided. He was assigned to the 52nd Engineer Combat Battalion, based in Fort Carson, Colo., but was attached to the Army's 101st Airborne Division. He was the seventh Utahn to die in the conflict.
Goldberg, who married days before his deployment in February, leaves behind a young widow, Sarah Goldberg, whom he met while shopping at a Layton Wal-Mart in January.
"Thank God for the telephone," said his mother, Dolly Goldberg. "They talked a lot and grew quite close. She's devastated."
Goldberg joined the Army when he was 17 and served in Bosnia. He returned to Utah and signed up for the Army Reserve at 19 "because he wanted to go to Iraq and that's where the Reserves were going," said his brother Kevin, 18.
"He loved the military," Kevin added. "If anyone said anything bad about the military, he'd give them a long, long talk."
The Goldbergs moved from Chicago five years ago to northern Utah, where David's father, Chuck Goldberg, works for the Internal Revenue Service.
"It's a shock, but as long as he's with the Lord, that's what counts," said Chuck Goldberg. "If someone lives a long life, maybe they won't find the Lord. All indications we have are that he was where he needed to be. He was reading his Bible and going to church when he could. His spirituality is all that matters."
David Goldberg was home-schooled for several years and also attended Layton Christian Academy and Northridge High School.
"He was a bright, philosophical person," said his mother. "He didn't care much about sports; he was all brains."
He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers Kevin and Danny, 15, and sister Emily, 12.
Also on Wednesday, Capt. Nathan S. Dalley, 27, was laid to rest in Memorial Estates Mountain View, near Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, where he had been senior class president of the class of '94.
The sun broke through the clouds the moment two soldiers plucked a U.S. flag from the coffin and folded it for the fallen man's mother, Sandra Dalley of Kaysville.
"He was a valued warrior," said Maj. Gen. Robert Wilson, of Fort Carson. "It is an honor to pay our final respects to this man."
Dalley's death Nov. 17 in Baghdad from a nonhostile gunshot wound is still under investigation. He was deployed with the Army's 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.
His friends from West Point, where he graduated in 1998, remember him as a loyal friend and dedicated soldier.
"He was a positive man, always there for his friends," said Capt. Joe DeMike of Fort Hood, Texas. "He made sure we never stayed out of touch. His death has reminded all of us that friendship counts. It's not something we're likely to ever forget again."
Added Capt. Colin Donlin, of Fort Benning, Ga.: "He was a surrogate father to a lot of kids, including my own. He loved kids."
At the time of his death, Dalley was engaged to be married. In honor of his service in Baghdad, his family received a Combat Infantryman Badge and Army Commendation Medal.
Forty officers from the Utah Highway Patrol, Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department served as honor guards at Wednesday's graveside ceremony.
Soldiers from Fort Carson served as pallbearers and an honor company at private funeral services earlier in the day.
Dalley's brother-in-law, Mario Schroeder, dedicated the Salt Lake City grave, praying the site would be one of peace for his parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.
As of Wednesday, 298 American military personnel had been killed by hostile fire and 136 had died in nonhostile incidents.
The number of deaths stands at 296 since May 1 when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations. The number of wounded totals 2,094.