29 March 2023
Sgt. David Solinas, Jr., of Oradell, was called home mid-flight on an Army medevac training mission in Kentucky on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at the age of 23.
David was the second oldest of four boys, who all shared a very strong and unique bond. Over the last 23 years there were barely any arguments and almost no physical fights. They spent their younger days playing in dirt, fishing, kyacking and enjoying many family adventures. Catching frogs and snakes, making s’mores and star gazing filled most of their summers. Home was loud with laughter, and sounds of dinosaurs, FIFA and eventually COD. Their relationships developed in many different ways, but their bonds grew stronger through Saint Joseph and ASCPG youth groups, scouting trips, soccer and wrestling. These memories are blessings, frozen and unblemished in time.
Beginning at the age of three, David believed he was Spider Man and truly lived out his dream of following in his super hero’s footsteps. The 101st gave David the opportunity to swing through the sky on a cable as a flight medic, and the 82nd trained him to be a paratrooper medic. Ironically David hated heights.
From a young age, David always brought smiles and laughter to whatever space he was in. Whether it be scouting, soccer, wrestling, or church; David always brought nothing but pure drive and commitment to everything he did, including his career in the United States Army. David was deeply committed to a life of service to his community and his country, affording him opportunities to pursue a lifestyle that most could only dream of. In his short 23 years, David accomplished what most dream of; exploring the land through extensive travel, the air through his time with the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, and the sea with his SCUBA license. David was currently finishing up his degree and planned on attending nursing school.
Survived by his devoted and proud parents, David and Ellen. Dear brother of Stephen, Brendan and Aidan. Cherished grandson of Hannah Philpott and Mary-Lou Solinas. David will be missed by his beloved dog Scout, countless friends, his military brothers and sisters, and all who had the great pleasure of knowing him.