Friday, July 29, 2011

Army 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy

Remember Our Heroes

Army 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy, 33, of Edmond, Okla.

2nd Lt. Ewy was assigned to 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.; died July 29, 2011 in Paktya province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Augustus J. Vicari.

Before joining the National Guard, Jered Ewy was a U.S. Army Ranger.

After he left the active-duty military, Jered Ewy joined the Guard, planning to finish his college degree in criminal justice.

“What I wanted him to do was take the degree and get into law enforcement with the Department of Justice,” John Ewy said. “He turned it down because he missed the camaraderie.”

Instead, Jered Ewy went full-time with the National Guard and graduated Officer Candidate School, earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.

“He was extremely proud of that.”

John Ewy said his son didn't talk much about his three deployments but did enjoy his work.

“He talked a lot about the Afghan people and how he enjoyed helping them, especially the children,” John Ewy said.

Ewy died while he was serving on his third tour in Afghanistan.

Ewy, who was very involved in Edmond as a gymnastics coach to many children in the metro area, graduated from Putnam City North High School and later the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in criminal justice. He entered the military in 1998, and quickly became an Army Ranger; he was one of the first members in the military to serve in Afghanistan.

In 2003, he transferred to the Oklahoma National Guard and served as an instructor. In January 2011, he graduated from Officer Candidate School and became a second lieutenant.

“Jered was a man of integrity, discipline and honor who put everyone else first,” family members wrote in his obituary. “He cared deeply about the men he served with but his true passion in his life was his wife Megan and infant daughter Kyla.”

Family members have established the Jered Ewy Foundation to help the soldier’s wife and daughter. Donations can be made at any Bank of America location nationwide. Make checks payable to the Kyla Ewy Trust. Checks also can be mailed to 2600 S.W. 113th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73170. Donations also may be made online at

Army 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy was killed in action on 7/29/11.

1 comment:

Lee Nance said...

Jered served his Active Duty as an Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, HHC, RTD, and RHQ, and later was one of the first to be deployed with 3rd Ranger Battalion