The Mother’s Day Project

War is Personal

Carletta S. Davis

The following report about on the death of Carletta S. Davis, 34, was taken from the Fairbanks Daily News .  Staff Sgt. Davis was killed November 5th when an IED exploded near her humvee in Iraq.

Lavada Napier came to Alaska in 1979 because the wages were much higher than in Louisiana at the time. She left her four children with their grandmother, but after nine months of working, she saved up enough money to move them up here, including her oldest, Carletta.

Napier, who lives in Fairbanks, recounted that Davis was the best-behaved of her children while growing up. An elementary school principal once called her to tell her that two of her younger children had been acting up, and was shocked to learn they were related to her older daughter because Davis was such a model student.

“She didn’t give anyone any trouble,” Napier said. “She was the type of person who always tried to do the right thing.”

Davis enlisted in the Army in 1994, a move that surprised her family.

“I was more afraid for her than herself,” Napier said. “She was scared of spiders and roaches and I said, ‘I hope you know what you’re doing because you’re going to be sleeping outside on the ground.’”

Davis was a health care specialist assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. She was previously deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and 1997. This was her third tour in Iraq, having served there from April 2003 until March 2004 and from December 2004 until November 2005.

Napier said Davis was worried about returning to Iraq and made sure to spend more time with her family, including her husband and three sons before her most recent deployment.

“I think she was concerned particularly for her children,” Napier said. “She knew the danger of going back a third time.”

She often visited her mother in Fairbanks and was debating between moving there or to Wasilla eventually.

“She came here and said, ‘I don’t know if I can put up with the cold, but you all can, so I should be able to put up with it,’ but she didn’t get that opportunity,” Napier said.

Davis is survived by her mother, husband and three sons, Trey, Theodore and Tyrique.



  Lavada wrote @

During the days after Carletta’s transcending to the most high, we set here planning a bed and breadfast building to host the memories and service of veterans and people seeking a friendly warm and loving place to visit in Alaska. We hope others will get involved. Write letters to help encourage other to do Gods will where they are!!!
Sincerely Lavad Napier Carletta’s mom

  Rhonda Barnes wrote @

Ms. Napier, I cannot help but be extremely moved by your efforts with the Bed and Breakfast. I know Carletta and everyone else it will be a testament to would be very humble about every aspect of it.

Carletta and I got to know each other very well when we were together for 12 months in Diwaniyah during her second tour to Iraq – we were the only two females on our team.

It was a total honor for me to be able to participate in the Mother’s Day Project, and to embroider Carletta’s name for the tote.

She was indeed everything your words describe, and more. She was the most unselfish person I have ever had the priveledge of knowing, and totally dedicated to every part of her life with all of her heart. It was a pleasure to have known her and to have been a part of her life, even if it was only for a little while.

Peace be with you, and God bless you.

Rhonda Barnes

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  Theresa Gonzalez wrote @

Davis was a good friend to me in the months leading to the deployment that claimed her life. I didnt go with them because I was pregnant with my first child. She constantly mothered me, insisting that I sit and take it easy. She told me stories of her three children and she tried to allay my fears about the birthing process. My daughter was born 4 days before she was killed. I still wonder if she got to see the pictures I emailed her before she passed. She was the best medic we had, and I am so sorry that she is gone. I still cry everytime I think of her family and what they must face without her. I am a better person for having known her, and I hope one day to be the kind of mother she was.

I love you Carletta, and we all miss you so much.


  Doris McDaniel wrote @

Dear Lavada,

God has blessed me with a true and wonderful friend, and that friend is you. Our kids grew up together like brothers and sisters. Carletta
was an awesome young lady just like her mother. It was a blessing and honor to be a part of her life. We love her, and we miss her very much. Like you said another one of God’s warrior has fallen. We love you and your family. May the blessings of Ephesians 3:20 be upon you and your family. Love Doris in Anchorage, Alaska

  Doris McDaniel wrote @

Dear Lavada

I was just thinking about what an awesome young lady Carletta was…she was the epitome of her mother. A woman of God with purpose, strength, determination and focus on empowering and helping others. I speak blessings over you and your family. I remember when I first arrived in Anchorage you embraced me like a sister and friend. Our family became your family. I love you and your family. Love Doris in Fayetteville, North Carolina

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