Monday, June 16, 2008

Army Spc. Jason N. Cox

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Jason N. Cox, 21, of Elyria, Ohio

Spc. Cox was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 16, 2008 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained near Hillah, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Ohio soldier killed by IED in Iraq
The Associated Press

ELYRIA, Ohio — A soldier due home next month on leave from Iraq was killed by an improvised explosive device, his father said.

Pfc. Jason Cox, 21, of Elyria, died Monday, his father, Gregory Cox, told The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram.

Cox had been deployed in Iraq for a year and was scheduled to return to Ohio in mid-July. After his leave, he was to serve another eight months.

“We’ll miss him,” Gregory Cox said. “But we know he was saved. He was a Christian, so I have confidence he’s with Jesus Christ in heaven.”

Cox followed two older brothers into the military.

Matthew Cox is serving in Kuwait and has been given leave to return to Elyria for his brother’s funeral. Ryan Cox also spent a year in Iraq but was discharged and now lives in Wisconsin.

Jason Cox, a 2004 graduate of Lorain County Joint Vocational School, loved to work with his hands and had just finished rebuilding a Mitsubishi with his buddies before shipping out. That experience paid off in Iraq, where he helped fix Hummers and other heavy vehicles in his off-hours, his father said.

Army Spc. Jason N. Cox was killed in action on 6/16/08.

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