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Age:   22
Hometown: Eva, AL
Date of Death: 6/6/2005
Incident Location: Fallujah, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Lance Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Divis
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, N.C.

(Information courtesy of the Smith Family)

The terrorist attacks of 9-11 awakened America that we were again at war. Jonathan was spurred by these events and then made his decision to serve his country. Though he was still young and in school, he was mature enough to recognize the Pearl Harbor of his time. He enlisted on August 12, 2002 and was stationed at Camp Lejuene, N.C. with Bravo Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion. He was deployed to Iraq in Feburay of 2005. I remember Jonathan's phone calls home. He was surprised and pleased at the friendly nature of the Iraqi people he met. He said that they seemed to appreciate what the Americans were doing for them.

Jonathan's unit began going on missions in May, then in early June they were operating north of Fallujah, near the small town of Karmah. The Battalion had been sucessful in unearthing several caches of insurgents' weapons hidden near an old rock quarry. On June 6th, Jonathan volunteered to go on a re-supply convoy back to base camp. On the return trip into the field, the convoy came under attack. A IED hidden on the roadside struck the truck Jonathan was in, mortally wounding him. Jonathan died forty-five minutes later.

Jonathan was my only son. The void of his loss will never be filled. My wife and I are not bitter; there are many more grieving families, and we know are not alone. We remain very proud of Jonathan's service. He died on a day known for heroes, June 6th, 2005, the sixty-first anniversary of Normandy's D-Day invasion.

Jonathan loved the movies and was in to seeing the latest releases. I remember telling him of a story in the news; some Hollywood actor had said something really stupid and anti-military. His response, a shrug of the shoulder and a "so what" expression. He didn't care about their politics, he just liked their movies. He knew what he was all about, and their words meant nothing to him. I think Jonathan was wise beyond his mere twenty-two years. He had that part of life figured out.

Proud Marine Dad of Jonathan Smith
Semper Fi, I love you son
Garry B. Smith

Source: Associated Press
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