SGT Jason L. Merril

SGT MASON L. MERRILL

SGT. JASON L. MERRILL

Hometown / City: MESA, AZ MARICOPA
Date of Death: Sunday, September 3, 2006
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: SGT
Unit: COMPANY A, 1ST BATTALION, 26TH INFANTRY, 2D BCT, (4ID), WURZBURG, GERMANY

Birth: Apr. 15, 1984
Mesa
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 2006

Sgt. Jason L Merrill of Mesa, Arizona ran with the bulls in Spain during one of his leaves while stationed in Germany. Jason could have been a recruitment video for the Army. After he signed up, he went from being a listless teenager to a young man with a mission. He wanted to help children by becoming a pediatrician. He blossomed in the military. You could see it in his face. He went from being a boy to being a man. Jason used to sleep until 2 p.m. and stay out all night with his friends after graduating from Sun Valley High School. Then he and his best friend enlisted in the Army. He stuck it out in the infantry and became a non-commissioned officer. He served in Iraq from January 2004 to March 2005, came home in spring 2005 and told his surprised family that he wanted to become a pediatrician. Jason always was the life of the party, the glue that held friendships together. He had nothing bad to say about people. He'd try to lift up people. He was part of a group of Johnson alumni who visited the school to show students how they could make good in careers. He was 22.

Army
1st Battalion
26th Infantry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
1st Infantry Division
Wurzburg, Germany

Burial:
City of Mesa Cemetery
Mesa
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

SGT Jason L. Merrill
JASON MERRILL