Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter, 19, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., died April 22 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Haerter was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Jordan was born July 30, 1988 in Southampton, NY. He was the the only child of, and is survived by his parents JoAnn Lyles and Christian Haerter of Sag Harbor, NY. He attended school in Sag Harbor and graduated from Pierson High School along with his beloved Class of 2006.
Jordan entered the Marine Corps directly after high school. In Boot Camp he earned the qualification as Platoon High Shooter in his Alpha Company. He was a member of the Fiercely Proud and Storied 1st Battalion, 9th Marines also known as "The Walking Dead". He has been awarded the Purple Heart for his actions in Iraq along with the Combat Action Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Along with his Military Honors, Jordan was presented with with a Southhampton Town Police Department Badge, and a Sag Harbor Police Department Gold Badge.
He had a wide circle of friends in Sag Harbor who remember him for his infectious smile, quick-witted humor with dry delivery and his kind and gentle demeanor. He took flying lessons and soloed at age 16 prior to obtaining his driver's license.