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Jerry O. Pope

Jerry O. Pope

Died: October 15, 2002

Rank: Ensign

Unit: Intelligence Department of the American Embassy in Yemen

Branch: U.S. Navy

Ensign Jerry “Buck” O. Pope II, a 35-year-old Navy SEAL, was killed on October 15, 2002, in a traffic accident in Yemen while serving his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pope was assigned to the Intelligence Department at the Ameri­can Embassy in Yemen and was participating in a training exercise with the Yemeni Special Forces. Family and friends celebrated his life on October 21, 2002, at the Na­val Amphibious Base, Little Creek Chapel in Norfolk, Virginia, and again on October 30 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico Chapel in Quantico, Virginia. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on November 21, 2002, where family, friends, and teammates said their final farewells to their fallen hero.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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