Friday, March 28, 2008

Army Sgt. Charles A. Jankowski

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Charles A. Jankowski, 24, of Panama City, Fla.

Sgt. Jankowski was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died March 28, 2008 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Tearful homecoming for Fla. Panhandle soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Friends and family of a Florida Panhandle soldier are grieving after learning of his death by a bomb blast in Iraq.

Army Spc. Charles Jankowski’s family waited somberly at a Panama City airport for a plane to bring him home Friday. About 80 people assembled on the runway and wept openly as soldiers carried the flag-draped casket from the plane.

The Department of Defense says Jankowski, 24, was killed March 28 by an improvised explosive device.

He planned to drive his younger sister to her prom when he returned home. Officials say he was serving his second tour in Iraq.

Army Sgt. Charles A. Jankowski was killed in action on 3/28/08.

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