SGT JACOB DEMAND
Hometown / City: Oro Valley
Date of Death: September 14, 2004
Jacob H. Demand never seemed to pull away from his parents during the Terrible Teens. "He always talked to us about everything. Teenagers go through being rebellious and don't talk; his phase was mild," said Demand's mother, Charlene Baldwin. "He always talked to us openly. In the Army, he called from all over the world, wherever he was." Demand, 29, of Palouse, Wash., died Sept. 14 when his patrol came under attack by small-arms fire west of Mosul, Iraq. He was based at Fort Lewis, Wash. Demand joined the Army two weeks after graduating high school in 1995. He was a fixture on school teams - football, basketball, baseball - and loved hunting and fishing. When her son joined the Army, Baldwin noted "the world was a little safer at that point in time. His goals in life were to be in the Army a little while and then to be in the U.S. Forest Service." But Demand grew to enjoy the people of Iraq. "He talked of their support of the troops, about how little children would wave and smile." Demand also is survived by a daughter, Reanne, 8; sons Josh, 6, and Seth, 5; and an ex-wife.