LCpl Jason E. Smith

LCpl Jason E. Smith

LCpl. JASON E. SMITH - U.S. Marine Corps

Hometown / City: PHOENIX, AZ MARICOPA
Date of Death: Friday, December 31, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: LCpl.
Unit: 1ST LAR BN, (C CO, 1ST BN, 8TH MAR, RCT-7), 1ST MAR DIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA

Birth: Oct. 19, 1983
Mesa
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 2004
Baghdad, Iraq

Jason E. Smith's last letters home talked about wanting to tell people about the "scary" times of war _ the horrors of seeing "dead bodies" and "dead Marines." While he shared his doubts about being in Iraq, he said he had also come to a new understanding. "Someone needs to do it," he wrote. "I'm glad to help these innocent Iraqis out." Smith, 21, of Phoenix was killed Dec. 31 while on patrol in Anbar province. He was based at Camp Pendleton. Smith loved baseball and was a good enoughpitcher to earn a scholarship to Glendale Community College. But he passed up the opportunity in order to enlist in the Marines, deciding he wanted to "grow up" before trying for a career in the sport. In the months before his death, he had dropped his rebellious ways and become religious. Before the offensive on Fallujah, he was baptized by chaplains who filled rubber dinghies with water. "It was like he grew up to another level at the end," said his father, Glenn. His last letters to his father and mother, Jodi, arrived the day of his death. "Reading them after set us at ease," his father said. "It provided a final chapter to his worldly life."

Burial:
Unknown