In the months that I spent speaking with David and Vicki Sharrett about the death of their soldier son, in a firefight in Iraq at the hands of his own lieutenant, they sometimes mentioned prayer or faith. But it was always in passing, and never the focus of the discussions about how Pfc. David H. Sharrett II died of fratricide at age 27, or why.
So last week, after the Sharretts emerged from the Pentagon and their meeting on the Army’s handling of their son’s death, I asked David Sharrett Sr. how his Christian faith sustained him through the various ordeals of the last four years. He spoke candidly, heartbreakingly, about the journey in the video chat below, and both he and his wife wrote short essays about their faith that you can read on our On Faith page. Please do.
More on the Dave Sharrett story:
The main story about Dave Sharrett Sr.’s four-year struggle for truth and accountability;
Actual video of the battle where Pfc. Dave Sharrett II and two other American soldiers were killed;
A graphic showing how the battle unfolded;
Profiles of the key players in the Sharrett saga;
A photo gallery of the Sharretts.
The Army’s 2008 investigation into the case, later found to be incomplete.
The discovery that Capt. Timothy Hanson remains a full-time soldier in the Army Reserve, four years after killing Pfc. Dave Sharrett II.