- 23 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 11, 1967
- Date of passing: Feb 17, 1991
|Let the memory of Jeffery be with us forever|
Jeffery Thomas Middleton was born April 11, 1967, in Bad Constatt,
Stuttgart, Germany. His parents were stationed there with the U. S.
Army. At the age of four his family left the Army and started farming
in Oxford, Kansas. Jeff grew up on the family farm, hunting, fishing,
and playing with 3 younger brothers. He graduated from oxford Public
Schools and fell in love with football and the U. S. Army. He attended
Pittsburg State University and continued playing football and joing
its ROTC program. Two years into his university studies, Jeff decided
to turn his full attention to the military. He enlisted in the U.S.
Army to be assigned to the Armored Cavalry Branch. Jeffery took basic
and advanced training with the 1st Armor Training Brigade, 5-15
Cavalry, E Company, Fort Knox, Kentucky and graduated 4 January 1988.
He was assigned to the Cavalry Scouts, 2nd Armor Division, 1-41
Cavalry in Garlstadt, Germany. His Unit, 1-41st, was called to be part
of the force to expell Iraqs' Military forces out of Kuwait and Jeff
was deployed to Saudi Arabia on 31 Dec 1990. War with Iraq was
declared on 17 Jan 1991 and Task Force 1-41 breached the berm and into
Iraq on 15 Feb 1991. Jeff's Bradley Fighting Vehicle on which he was a
gunner, was arranged in a screen line with the other Bradleys ahead of
the Main Force of the 1-41st. jeffery was killed on 17 Feb 1991 when a
Hellfire Missile hit his Bradley. Pvt Robert Talley, a dismount, was
also killed. The tank commander, the driver and another dismount
survived the hit. Jeffery followed his dreams. As a young adult, Jeff
had two loves. The Scouts and his wife. Jeff met and courted Gina
Stevens while stationed in Germany. They were married 18 Feb 1989 at
Fort Polk, Lousiana. Jeff loved being a husband and a Cavalry Scout.
Serving his country was his childhood dream.
All Medals Received
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, every year for 4
years, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Southwest Asia Service,
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Medal for Freedom
All Awards Received
Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Grenade Badge Expert and
Rifle Badge Marksman
I only met you once, at your wedding to my niece Gina, and found you so nice and personable. Thank you for the sacrifice you made in defending our country from harm.
"I think of you often. Our Jeffery was named after you. I still remember your sweet smile and your laugh. You may be gone from this earth, but never gone from our hearts and memories. You will forever be a part of our family. We will always love you."
It is hard to believe that two more years have passed since I lighted a candle for you. I'm moving on to 71 and it seems like yesterday when I visited you and Gina in Germany. You will be forever 23 and young! I'm as sure as I can be that you are eternally in a good place with your buddies and family that have left this earth. I thank you for your great sacrifice in keeping the rest of us free and prosperous. I don't think you would much like the mess the world and country has become since you left. It was a much better place when you were in it.:-)
Love you buddy!
I think of you often and my heart aches each time. We loved and admired you so much. I am nearly 70 now and I still work with young soldiers. Tomorrow I will be teaching young soldiers about the importance and dangers of what they do every day. As I prepared for that teaching you came to mind. I use your story as an example of what can happen when people do not pay adequate attention to their duties in their very dangerous profession. You did your job with professionalism and care; someone else made a tragic mistake that took your life and broke the hearts of all who loved you. Rest in peace. You are my hero always.
Doug Stevens, your loving father-in-law"
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