NORMAN — David Wright always wanted to be a Sooner. From his days of growing up in Moore, seeing himself wearing the crimson track uniform with the letters OU plastered on the front was what he dreamt about.
However, even after he made that happen, it would be in a different uniform that Wright would find his true calling. As a member of the U.S. Army he became a leader of men and a hero.
Wright lost his life while serving his country, but the impact he left on his family, former teammates and the soldiers inspired the creation of the David T. Wright II Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“David is our only child,” Michele Wright said of her son. “He was not married, so he was our future. You have to find something to make you go forward. Our goal is to make sure he’s never forgotten, what he did is never forgotten. He only lived 26 years but he did more in 26 years than most people do in their entire lives.”
Saturday First Lt. Wright was posthumously named the Ford Patriot of the Game at Memorial Stadium during the OU game. His parents, Michele and Tim Wright were presented a jersey and plaque in his honor on the four year anniversary of his death.
“We’re very proud,” Michele Wright said. “Not shocked that he received it. But we didn’t know anything about the award. We were very honored and I know he would have been very honored. It (was) bittersweet. The 14th has always been a day of great sadness for us. Now we will have something we can celebrate on that day as well.”
Wright and a member of his platoon were killed on Sept. 14, 2009 when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan. Wright was deployed with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.