Wednesday, September 5, 2012

R.I.P. - Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            They died Sept. 1, in Batur Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire. 

            Killed were:

            Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas, assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Torii Station, Japan; and

            Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va., assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information regarding Border please contact the Special Forces Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005 or 910-689-6187.

            For more information regarding Schmidt please contact the 20th Support Command CBRNE public affairs office at 443-910-5799 or 410-436-9533.

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:15 PM

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border of Mesquite has died in combat in Afghanistan.

The Mesquite High School and McMurry University football standout is being called a hero by the people who watched him grow up.

The moment you pull up in front of Border's childhood home, you know. The flags and ribbons give it away.

This is a soldier's home.

Neighbor John Counts described Border in simple but powerful terms: "A man. A man of honor."

He and others best remember him as a boy — a football player at Mesquite High School, where they said he was a member of the 2001 state championship team which recorded a perfect 15-0 season.

Border went on to play college football for four years at McMurry University in Abilene.

Then he joined the Army, became a staff sergeant, and a Green Beret.

Border was killed Saturday in Afghanistan. His body arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Read more:

By Mike Connors
The Virginian-Pilot
September 4, 2012   

Soldier from Petersburg killed in Afghanistan
A soldier from central Virginia was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, died in Batur Village, when enemy forces attacked his unit, a news release said. Schmidt was assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

9/4/2012 - A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, of Petersburg, Va., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

Schmidt attended Thomas Dale High School and leaves behind a wife and young son in North Carolina.
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Both of these men were of great courage and wonderful men. They saved lives even in their death. God bless the families and friends of both Jeremie and Jon.

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