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Writing the Dave Sharrett Story: Vol. 6, Writing It

In the fall of 2006, Pfc. David H. Sharrett II graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and broke ranks during the ceremony to wave to his father. He was killed in action in Iraq, Jan. 16, 2008. (David H. Sharrett)

Over the last couple of months, I’ve done a great deal of reporting and interviewing about the case of Pfc. David H Sharrett II of Oakton, who died in a friendly fire incident in Iraq in 2008. I’ve spoken with soldiers who were there, family members, Army commanders, even a three-star general who was in Iraq when Sharrett was killed.

Now it’s time to write the story. I will be going dark here on the State of NoVa for the next couple of weeks, while focusing on reviewing notes and documents, writing drafts of the story and then pushing it through the painful editing process. I hope to have it published soon, accompanied by a video package of interviews and actual overhead footage of the combat episode.

Here’s the full background to this point:

Vol. 1, Introduction, and Vol 2, Homework

Vol. 3, Background

Vol. 4, The Report

Vol. 5, Digging In

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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