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CPT Edward Jason Korn

CPT Edward Jason Korn

Birth
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Death 3 Apr 2003 (aged 31)
Iraq
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 7872
Memorial ID 10955038 · View Source
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Army Capt Korn was assigned to the 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Korn was killed as he investigated the wreckage of an Iraqi T-72 tank destroyed by his unit in central Iraq. Edward came to live at the Bethesda Home for Boys at Christmas, 1984, as a troubled 12-year-old suffering through his father's second divorce. The rambunctious youth spent five years attending school and working the farm on Bethesda's 500-acre campus overlooking the Moon River, and grew up to be an athletic 6' 3" Army captain. While at school, teachers remember him as a hard worker and a good boy who always wanted to help somebody. They weren't surprised when Edward enlisted in the Army at 17 and made it a career – he liked the discipline. He campaigned to defer his officer training at Fort Knox and get a position with Central Command. He wanted to get to the front lines of the war in Iraq. "He'd come to me and say, 'Sir, you've got to know someone, can you call someone?' because he wanted to join the war effort," said Maj. John R. Zsido, Korn's supervisor at Fort Knox. "He knew if he could get to Central Command, that he could work his way into a unit and work his way to the front, which is exactly what he did," Zsido said. Edward took the bull by the horns and accepted every mission he was given. He would have been a great battlefield commander. He earned a Bronze Star while serving in the Persian Gulf War. Somewhere in Iraq, a U.S. Army major and his unit are tormented by memories of gunning down one of their own after mistaking him for an Iraqi fighter. Korn was killed as his unit and others were attacking Iraqi positions on a two-lane road about 15 miles southeast of Baghdad. The convoy of American tanks and armored vehicles was stopped on the road when they spotted an Iraqi tank, a Russian-made T-72. They fired and the enemy tank exploded. As the vehicle burned, Korn and a sergeant apparently dismounted and walked to the tree line near the tank, searching for Iraqi positions said Major Kent Rideout, the senior officer on the scene. At some point, Korn spotted a second tank and sent the sergeant back for an antitank rocket before going on alone. Korn was wearing a brown T-shirt, a flak vest that was left open and no helmet, according to Rideout, who was scanning the tree line for more Iraqi positions. "Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw behind the tank what looked to be an old campfire," Rideout said. "I could see tea or coffee steaming, sleeping bags, chickens. It had all the hallmarks of a place where people were living. I put 2 and 2 together that this was a place a tank crew was living. All of a sudden, we saw movement. Someone dropped down, like he was going to fire, and then stood up and got behind another T-72." Rideout's driver also indicated he saw an enemy. He leveled his M-16 and the major ordered him to fire. "He fired one shot," Rideout recalled. "I'll never get over it. It was 200 to 250 yards away. He dropped him. I slapped him [the driver] on the head and said, 'That's the greatest shot I've ever seen.' " The shot had hit Korn, a Desert Storm veteran and Bronze Star recipient who had left Fort Knox, Kentucky, to volunteer for war duty in March. A Bradley fighting vehicle from Korn's unit also opened fire on the second Iraqi tank, some of its 25-millimeter rounds striking the fallen soldier.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Edward Jason Korn (19 Oct 1971–3 Apr 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10955038, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .