Let the memory of Spc Jarrett be with us forever
  • 27 years old
  • Born on October 6, 1975 .
  • Passed away on September 7, 2003 .

27, of Dover, Del.; assigned to the 946th Transportation Company, U.S. Army Reserve, Lewes, Del.; died Sept. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Thompson was in a convoy on Aug. 30 when a civilian vehicle passed the convoy and swerved between the lead military vehicle and an approaching Iraqi truck. The driver of the civilian vehicle hit Thompson’s truck. Thompson was medically evacuated to WRAMC where he later died of his injuries.

Spc. Jarrett B. Thompson worked hard but knew how to have fun, too. He appreciated good beer and good music, and was a guitar player himself.

“Elvis and the Grateful Dead were his favorites,” said his wife, Kelly Thompson.

Thompson, 27, of Dover, Del., died Sept. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of injuries he suffered Aug. 30 in a vehicle accident in Iraq.

He is also survived by two sons, ages 2 and 6. Thompson served in the Army for two years after graduating from high school in 1993 and joined the Army Reserve in January 2000.

Before being deployed overseas in April, he worked in computer animated design. Neighbor Kevin Yingling recalled the first time he met Thompson.

“He came over wearing a tie-dye T-shirt and carrying two microbrews,” Yingling said. “That’s how he introduced himself.” A military history buff, Thompson recently had taken up brewing and golf, and was making plans to get his pilot’s license.

“He was a good, wonderful husband and father,” Kelly Thompson said. “He was our hero.”

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