|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1983|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 2005|
Jacoby would have welcomed the mission to rescue an elite special forces team missing in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, his uncle, Ernest Jacoby, of Hastings Mich., told the The Grand Rapids Press.
"I believe there wouldn't be much of a hesitation," his uncle said.
Kip Jacoby is the son of Stephen and Susan Jacoby, of Florida. Stephen Jacoby grew up in Hastings, Ernest Jacoby said, and relatives throughout the state are grieving the death of 21-year-old Kip.
Jacoby's parents could not be reached for comment last night in Pompano Beach, Fla.
A Miami Herald reporter said their house was dark. A neighbor, when told Jacoby had died, broke into sobs.
"I prayed against that," Doug Smith said. "He was a nice kid. I wish we'd get those kids out of there."
Jacoby, who was stationed in Hunter Army Air Field, Ga., joined the Army in 2002, a few months after graduating from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, the Sun-Sentinel reported in Florida.
His latest assignment was as a flight engineer in the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
"Kip believed his choice of service for our country was meaningful and right," his family wrote in a statement posted on the Army's Web site. "He loved what he was doing, he knew the risks, and he was proud to be a soldier fighting so others wouldn't have to. He made us all very proud. Even in the face of danger, he showed courage and bravery as well as a keen sense of humor. He honors us all."
Jacoby was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
Created by: Cindy
Record added: Jul 05, 2005
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