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Jessica A. Ellis

Jessica A. Ellis

Died: May 11, 2008

Rank: Corporal

Unit: 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Branch: U.S. Army

Corporal Jessica A. Ellis was killed on May 11, 2008, when an improvised explosive devise (IED) detonated near her vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. The 24-year-old medic was serving with the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military honors. A funeral mass was held at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, Oregon. As a testament to her impact on her platoon, her battalion com­mander, Lieutenant Colonel Miguel B. Hobbs, and her platoon leader, Sergeant First Class Joseph Johnson, traveled from their posts in Iraq for the service. More than 300 of her fellow Soldiers also held a memorial service in Iraq.

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