|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1983|
|Death: ||May 11, 2008|
Army Cpl. Ellis was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She died of wounds sustained when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002. While in high school, she lettered in track and cross country, was on the school's swim team, and was involved in dance groups. She is remembered as the friendliest kid you would ever want to meet. She then attended Central Oregon Community College in Bend for two years and worked three summers as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter at the Fremont-Winema National Forest. In September 2004, she decided to enter the Army where she became a medic because she cared about people. She would never discuss politics or her views about the war but would always say that she was there for her fellow soldiers. Her awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Medical Badge; and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert. Three weeks before Jessica's death, she escaped with only cuts and bruises when her heavily armored vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb. She often went on patrol with combat engineers who cleared away roadside explosives. This time the courageous medic who was equipped with an M-4 rifle, a 9mm pistol and body armor in addition to her medical bag was seated behind the driver when her Buffalo armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during a nighttime mine clearing operation.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec 60
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: May 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26784645
Added: Oct. 10, 2013
In memory of Cpl. Jessica Ann Ellis, who gave her life so that others might live in freedom. May we use that freedom wisely, and always honor the price that Jessica and her brothers and sisters in arms have paid to secure it for a grateful nation. On thi...(Read more)|
Carrie and Allen
Added: Nov. 11, 2012
Dear Jessica: Well, another year has gone by. I've graduated from Utah State University, and now I'm living in Florida. Running in Florida is an experience in itself! The humidity is high, and it's easy to build up a good sweat in no time. Still, it'...(Read more)|
Added: Aug. 18, 2012
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