Thursday, July 15, 2010

Army Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell, 32, of Brunson, S.C.

SFC Jarrell was assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 15, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

John Jarrell joined the Army in 1996.

It appears he was a great soldier to work with, evident by a letter sent to his family from a high ranking military officer. In the letter, the officer says Jarrell was "the best squad leader" and that "it was an honor to work with him."

His sisters, Casey Long and Jessica Jarrell, describe him as "something special."

Jarrell was a heavily decorated soldier whose awards and decorations include:

Bronze Star Medal with Valor device; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Infantry Badge; Parachute Badge; Air Assault Badge; Driver’s Mechanic Badge – with Driver – Tracked Vehicles; and Weapons Qualification: M4, expert.

Army Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell was killed in action on 7/15/10.

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