- 31 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 12, 1972
- Date of passing: Aug 14, 2003
|Let the memory of Pfc David be with us forever|
31, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; assigned to the 2133rd Transportation Company, Army National Guard, Centerville, Iowa; died Aug. 14 in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-hostile injury he received Aug. 8.
Iowa soldier dies in Iraq
DES MOINES, Iowa — A member of the Iowa Army National Guard from northeast Iowa died in Germany after suffering a heat stroke in Iraq, where temperatures had reached 125 to 130 degrees, Guard Spokesman Col. Robert King said.
Pfc. David Kirchhoff, 31, of Anamosa, Iowa, suffered the heat stroke Aug. 8 and slipped into a coma while he was being evacuated to a hospital in Germany. He had been kept on a life-support system.
Kirchhoff died Aug. 14 with his wife, Brooke, his brother and Brooke’s father at his side at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, King said.
Nancy Kirchhoff, of Cedar Rapids, a retired teacher, last talked to her son Aug. 2 during a three-way phone call with his wife.
Nancy Kirchhoff told her son that she and his father, Larry Kirchhoff, a Rockwell-Collins engineer who works out of the Eastern Iowa Airport, were planning a trip to Colorado.
“He (David) said, ‘I’m going to fire my travel agent — it’s way too hot where I am,”’ Nancy Kirchhoff said.
The Kirchhoffs said their son had a subtle sense of humor.
“He would lead you on for a while and then you’d realize,” Larry Kirchhoff said.
The Kirchhoffs were on Pike’s Peak in Colorado on Aug. 11 when they received a relative’s cellular phone message about their son’s illness.
“They didn’t give us any hope,” Nancy Kirchhoff said of her son’s prognosis.
The Kirchhoffs said with a two-day drive ahead of them, they agreed it was best for Brooke to fly to Germany with her father to say goodbye to her husband. The couple had married April 19.
David Kirchhoff was adopted by the Kirchhoffs at age 3; his biological brother, Michael Cecil of Louisville, Ky., also made the trip.
“Brooke wanted to go over there, and he did survive until she got there,” Nancy Kirchhoff said.
Brooke Kirchhoff was to return from Germany Friday, her in-laws said.
“He was a very brave young man serving his country and he died serving what he loved,” his father said. “His mother and I and our family are very proud of him.”
Kirchhoff was a truck driver with the Iowa Guard’s 2168th Transportation Company headquartered in Cedar Rapids. His platoon was mobilized on Feb. 24 and assigned to the 2133rd Transportation Company of Centerville and Muscatine. The unit has been in Iraq supporting the 4th Infantry Division.
He graduated from Metro High School in Cedar Rapids in June 1992. He enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard on April 22, 2002. He worked for Linn Star Transfer in Cedar Rapids.
Besides his wife, brother and parents, Kirchhoff is survived by two sons, 12 and 11, and two sisters.
Kirchhoff was the first member of the Iowa National Guard to die on active federal duty since the Vietnam War, King said.
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