- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 30, 1990
- Date of passing: Nov 21, 2011
|Let the memory of Jackie be with us forever|
Pfc. Jackie L. Diener II, 20, of Boyne City, Mich., died Nov. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Among his awards and ribbons are, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge. An adventurous, gentle man of only 20, Jack packed more life into his young years than most do in their entire lifetimes. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him and remembered by many more than that. Although he willingly admitted to not being a scholar he did enjoy the social activities and sports that come with school. In his years leading up to junior year in high school Jack enjoyed being on many teams including football, basketball, Little League baseball, 4-H soccer and wrestling and track to name a few. Outside of athletics he enjoyed playing in the school band, science fairs and volunteer projects in the community. During his junior year of high school Jack took part in the foreign exchange program that took him to far away places like Denmark, Italy and France. Even thousands of miles away from home, his high morals and zeal for life made him many friends and helped him to touch many lives. Jack was also very active with his family where he enjoyed camping in all seasons, swimming, hiking, building (and tearing apart), ice skating, snowmobiling, boy scouts and black berry picking. On his own and with his friends he enjoyed paintball, computers and gaming, reading, Frisbee golf, going to local (and professional) football games and just enjoying all of the things life had to offer him. After high school Jack spent a year working and going to college before enlisting in the United States Army in January of 2011. Jack trained in the second to last graduating class at Fort Knox Kentucky before moving on in his field at Fort Drum in New York. Jack proudly served his country and fought hard for what he believed in. Jack will always be remembered for his vivacious spirit, quick wit, mischievous smirk, laughing eyes, warm hugs and generous heart. He made many friends and memories wherever he went; touching and changing lives that will stretch on into the years to come. He is survived by his father (Jack Diener), mother (Val Diener), sister (Marcie Diener), grandmother (Donna Diener) and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfather (Clifford Diener), uncle (Leon Drake), grandfather (Harlan Drake) and many others.
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