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Age:   24
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Date of Death: 5/16/2005
Incident Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Last fall, Jacob M. Simpson walked his sister Kimberly Bemiss down the aisle for her wedding. Months later, he was the first family member to hold his other sister's newborn daughter, Madison. He was "very loving, very protective of us," Bemiss said. Simpson, 24, of Ashland, Ore., was killed May 16 in a grenade attack while on patrol near Tikrit. He was based at Fort Carson. Simpson was born and started high school in Hood River and continued in Ashland. He and his best friend, Brenden Kelly, hung out together, often skipping school to go to the Southern Oregon University campus. "I remember laughing with him, smiling with him, fighting alongside him to keep other friends safe," Kelly said. "I remember drinking with him when we weren't old enough to be drinking." Simspon earned his GED before joining the Army. He taught himself to play the guitar and bought a Les Paul model that he coveted after his first tour in Iraq. He looked forward to coming back to Oregon after his tour and attending college. He is survived by his mother, Roberta Simpson.
Source: Associated Press
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