Washington National Guardsman dies in Iraq

Washington National Guardsman dies in Iraq

The Washington National Guard has confirmed that an Army National Guardsman has died in Iraq.

1st Lt. David Bauders of Seattle, Wash. died on May 6 at Al Asad Airbase in what the Department of Defense is calling a “non-combat related incident.”

No further details on the circumstances surrounding his death are available.

Bauders was a member of the 176th Engineering Company, based in Snohomish, Wash. In addition to his service with the Washington National Guard, Bauders was a member of the Washington State Patrol.

“The loss of a soldier is tremendously hard on this organization – but more so for David’s family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general of the Washington National Guard, said Sunday. “David sacrificed his time and efforts to better our state and nation and for that we are extremely grateful. That’s how we will remember him – a selfless soldier willing to put others first.”

Bauders deployed to Kuwait in February on a one-year deployment with the National Guard.

The Washington State Patrol says that he graduated from the law enforcement academy and was commissioned in March 2014. He was assigned to to work with the North Seattle Freeway detachment in King County.

“Although early into his career with us, David was a very well-liked and highly respected member of the agency,” said WSP Chief John Batiste.  “Please keep David’s family, co-workers, and friends, along with our nation’s military personnel deployed overseas in your thoughts and prayers.”

Bauders was born in Watertown, NY and graduated from high school in Forest Grove, OR. He attended University of Portland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.