Fallen Soldier: David Forney
Hometown: Walkersville, Maryland
Branch of Service: Naval Academy
Player: Keegan Shreves
Navy offensive lineman David Forney has mysteriously died at the age of 22, February 20, 2020 after being found unresponsive in his dorm room.
The Walkersville, Maryland product was found by a fellow Midshipman. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m.
Charles L Gischlar, from the Maryland Department of Health, issued the following statement: “The cause of death for Mr. Forney is sudden cardiac death in the setting of multiple cardiac anomalies.”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Forney played in 39 consecutive games over his final three seasons and was a three-year letter winner. In his senior year, he started all 13 games at left guard, anchoring Navy’s nation-leading 360.5 yards per game rushing attack.
Forney was expected to graduate in May with a degree in political science. He was a member of the 9th Company and was assigned to become a cryptologic warfare officer.
“Words cannot express our pain and sorrow,” said Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. “First and foremost, our deepest condolences to the Forney family. The Navy Football Brotherhood is not a team, we are a family. We are devastated to have lost one of our brothers. We all loved — and will always love — David. We pray for strength during this most difficult time.”
David is survived by his parents, Rick and Erika Forney