Based: Ft. Richardson, Alaska
3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: January 22, 2007
Karmah (died in Fallouja), Iraq
Married, 1 child
Hometown: San Diego
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Under a sky threatening snow, a brown van pulled up to Arlington National Cemetery yesterday to deliver the flag-draped coffin of Army Staff Sgt. Jamie D. Wilson.Do read the entire Washington Post article about Army Staff Sergeant Jamie D. Wilson here, see the Arlington Cemetery post and read more about Sergeant Wilson here.
The career soldier -- who had lived in orphanages and foster homes from the age of 10 -- knew as a young boy that he wanted to be in the Army and wasted no time trying to enlist when he turned 17. He needed parental consent, something he didn't have, so he got in line at his local courthouse and waited to talk to a judge.
"Everyone else there that day was in trouble, but he was just trying to join the Army," said Wilson's wife, Christine Wilson. "It was the judge who signed the papers."
Wilson, 34, of Temple, Tex., was killed by small-arms fire Jan. 22 while on guard duty at his post near Fallujah, Iraq. His wife said he had just cleared a car through a checkpoint and was getting back into his Humvee when he was struck by a sniper's bullet.
Lieutenant Colonel William Barefield, an Army chaplain, conducts the graveside service for Army
Staff Sergeant Jamie D. Wilson at Arlington National Cemetery.