|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1979|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2007|
Army Capt. Jensen was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington. Jensen died in Seattle of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations May 7 in Baqubah, Iraq. Drew grew up in Damascus, Oregon where he graduated from Sam Barlow High School. He then attended West Point Military Academy in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in history. As a member of the first Stryker Brigade, he was deployed to Iraq from November 2003 to October 2004. He was then deployed again in June 2006 leaving behind his wife and best friend, Stacia. On May 7, 2007, Drew, as the mortar platoon leader, set out to recover a Bradley Fighting Vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Baquba. As his group came under small-arms fire, he spotted a lone soldier pinned behind a vehicle. He left the shelter of a building and ran to help but he never made it. A sniper had taken aim and Drew was hit in the neck. The attack left him paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own. After emergency treatment in Iraq, he was sent to Landstuhl, Germany for stabilization and later flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D. C. While in the intensive care unit, Drew received two surprise visitors – retired naval pilot George Kraus and Prince Leopold D'Arenberg of Belgium whose mother and sisters were rescued by American soldiers from a Nazi death camp in 1945. Both were visiting on behalf of a Virginia-based philanthropic organization and a fund was set up to help families of severely injured soldiers. On June 1, Drew left by private plane for the Puget Sound VA in Seattle. In November 2003 before leaving on his first combat tour, he made arrangements to not live by artificial life support if severely injured – his wishes were followed. He closed his own funeral with an audio recording in which he apologized to those who couldn't understand his decision. Drew was an Eagle Scout and a natural born leader. He inspired those around him with his leadership qualities, charisma, loyalty and being a genuine person – he never had anything bad to say about anyone. Drew was a wonderful person who never bragged about his successes at West Point and in Iraq. He was a passionate person who gave his best to whatever he did – he handled an extraordinarily difficult situation in his own extraordinary way.
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: Section S, Site 834
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Sep 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21477721
Freedom isn't free. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. Your valorous service will not be forgotten. On this Veterans Day, please accept our heartfelt and humble thanks.|
Carrie and Allen
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Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace.|
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