Nathaniel H. McDavitt
Airman First Class

United States Air Force

Operation Enduring Freedom

June 23, 1993 – April 15, 2016

Nathan died in Afghanistan when a severe wind storm collapsed the building he was working in, he was 22 years old.   Nathan played sports for Severna Park High School, participated in outdoor activities, served with the boy scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and was a community volunteer. Nathan loved his siblings Harrison, Olivia, Bruce III, Tatum and Danielle of Severna Park and his wife Alexis, as well as his mother Jeanette and father Philip.

A group of Severna Park businessmen, residents, Post 175 SAL members, and politicians are committed to building a new gazebo on the B&A bike trail in the area known as Hatten Regester Green (across from the Bandstand) on the Severna Park portion of the trail.  This new Gazebo will replace the aging Gazebo and will be dedicated to Gold Star Families. 

The fundamental roots of this project are the monuments to honor each of the four men from Severna Park who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operating Enduring Freedom, and lost their lives serving their country.  All four grew up in Severna Park and were active in their community (schools, church, Green Hornets, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, etc.).  A plaque for each of the four Heroes will be placed around the Gold Star Memorial.

The Heroes:

Eric Matthew Kavanagh
Private First Class

United States Army
Purple Heart / Bronze Star
Operation Iraqi Freedom
June 1, 1986 - September 20, 2006

Eric died in Bagdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. He was 20 years old. Eric loved Severna Park and especially loved fishing, swimming and boating in Old Man Creek and the Magothy Rivers.  Eric enjoyed music and playing guitar, he especially loved his younger brother, Patrick and sister, Alanna also of Severna Park, as well as his mother Rhonda and father Kevin.

Never forget those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice and our Heroes of Severna Park!

The memorial and the monuments will be funded strictly through private donations. 

Additional details, updates, and donation directions will be posted on the

L-R Tom Lindsay (SAL), Barry Freeman (SAL), Tom Chisholm, and Kevin Kavanagh (SAL and Gold Star Dad).

Eric William Herzberg
Lance Corporal

United States Marine Corp
Purple Heart
Operation Iraqi Freedom
June 7, 1986 - October 21, 2006

Eric died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq while conducting combat operations. He was 20 years old. Eric was an athlete, a fan of Irish and patriotic country music, a wicked video gamer and rugby player, who loved his country and his Catholic Faith.  Eric loved his older sister, Katie and younger brother, Mathew also of Severna Park, as well as his mother Gina and father Eric.

William Taylor Wild IV
Lance Corporal

United States Marine Corp

Operation Enduring Freedom

December 17, 1991 – March 18, 2013

Taylor died during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada. He was 21 years old. Previously Taylor served in Afghanistan in 2011.  In addition to being an athlete, Taylor was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan, he enjoyed spending time boating with friends on the Severn and Magothy River and enjoyed skeet shooting. Taylor loved his brother, Griffin and sister, Libby, also of Severna Park, as well as his mother Elizabeth and father William.

Gold Star Family Memorial Gazebo


Monuments to the Heroes of Severna Park

American Legion Post 175

    Severna Park, MD