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SSGT Jacob Martin Thompson

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SSGT Jacob Martin Thompson

  • Birth 8 Jul 1981 Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 6 Aug 2007 Diyala, Iraq
  • Burial Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 20845795

Staff Sgt. Thompson was from North Mankato, Minnesota. While he enjoyed hunting, his true passion was fishing. From the age of five, he went fishing as often as he could, from Canada to Mexico and places in between. Jacob graduated from Mankato West High School in 1999, and he had enlisted in the Army during his senior year. He took his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, currently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). His first deployment to Iraq was from November 2004 to October 2005. He spent much of that time in urban combat missions in Mosul and suffered minor injuries in a bomb explosion for which he was given the Purple Heart. He lost three friends during the tour. In their honor he got three tattoos of helmets with their names under them placed on his left leg. He brought back CDs with such images as soldiers playing with Iraqi children, children going to school and women running businesses. He told his parents, 'Mom, Dad, you have no idea all the good that's happening." On his current tour, he worked with a Stryker unit that searched out targets before calling in other forces. He was slated to return to Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington, in May but his unit was one of several that were extended for three months to support a surge of U.S. troops in Iraq. Jacob earned several medals during his two tours in Iraq including a Purple Heart, two Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, two Army Good Conduct medals, a National Defense Service medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He is survived by his parents Charlie and Barb of North Mankato; 2 brothers and their wives; nieces and nephews; Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and one uncle. Original bio written by: Sue

  • Created by: Sue
  • Added: 8 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20845795
  • Sue
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Jacob Martin Thompson (8 Jul 1981–6 Aug 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20845795, citing Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .