Let the memory of Pfc Jason be with us forever
  • 19 years old
  • Born on June 11, 1984 .
  • Passed away on December 8, 2003 .

19, of Luzerne, Mich.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed while on security duty Dec. 8 when his vehicle came under fire from a passing vehicle in Mosul, Iraq.

A good student who played on the baseball, basketball and football teams in high school, Jason G. Wright was already a "quality person" before joining the military, his high school principal says. He grew even more after signing up. "It was remarkable — the stature, the maturity, the confidence he had gained since enlisting," said principal Jim Gendernalik. "This was a direction he chose to go, and he was proud of what he was doing." Pfc. Wright, 19, of Luzerne, Mich., died Dec. 8 when his vehicle came under fire while he was providing security at a gas station in Mosul, Iraq. He had been stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. Neighbor Natalie Giardina described Wright as a well-mannered boy who was protective of his three younger brothers. She remembered how the boys would slide down a hill on her property during the winter and how she expressed concern for their safety on a particularly icy day. "He said, 'Don't worry Mrs. Giardina, I'll protect my brothers,'" Giardina recalled. "Then he went on to protect us."

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