Soldier discusses threat to America

YOUNGSTOWN — “I don’t think Americans fully understand the threat we face,” said Army Lt. Col. Ross E. Davidson Jr., leader of an elite ranger/paratroop combat unit in Iraq.

“Our biggest fear as soldiers is that we will lose the support of the American people,” Davidson said Friday at a meeting of the Youngstown YMCA’s Service to the Nation committee organized by JoAnn Creed.

“I think it would be a huge mistake to pull out of Iraq (before the job is done). It would embolden our enemies to attack other parts of the world. This is the most serious threat our nation has faced in its history,” said Davidson, commander of the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment (recon) and Task Force Falcon of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Davidson, home on a two-week leave from Iraq, is married to the former Jodi Italiano, whose parents, retired Army Col. Angelo J. and Joan Italiano, live in Youngstown. Davidson and Jodi met while they were students at The Ohio State University.

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