Ambassador Norland’s Statement on the Passing of Corporal Ramaz Davitaia (June 8)


“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of Corporal Ramaz Davitaia, who suffered grievous wounds during his service in support of NATO’s ISAF mission to Afghanistan nearly three years ago. Corporal Davitaia was the exemplar of bravery, strength, and heroism.  Since his return from medical treatment at a U.S. facility in Germany, Mary and I were honored to have the opportunity to spend time with him and his family.  We saw him last Thursday in Gori but did not know this would be our last goodbye. We are heartbroken, and on behalf of the United States, I extend deepest condolences to Corporal Davitaia’s family, friends and fellow soldiers – may his spirit live on in all our hearts.  In honor of Corporal Davitaia, I have ordered the U.S. Embassy’s flag be lowered to half-staff for the next 24 hours.”

Rochard Norland
U.S. Ambassador in Georgia