Jay Strickland

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Fort Worth, TX

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Sergeant

Sergeant Strickland enlisted in the Army in 2008, after completion of Basic Training he was assigned to the Maintenance Platoon, Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (A), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. Jay was killed by small arms fire while in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.

Jay was a very devoted son, father, husband, brother and soldier, he loved life and wanted to make sure others were happy and motivated to do the best they could each and every day. He loved his job and he loved his country and was proud to serve. Jay was an encourager and up lifter, he never left a room until everyone was smiling.

During Jay’s childhood he did not shy away from taking care of those in need of any kind, this is a personal trait that he carried throughout his adult life by serving his country. He was excited to be deployed knowing the difference he would make in a country that is in distress. While we are heartbroken over the loss, he died doing what he had done his whole life, defending others. We love you.

Age: 23

Date of Death: September 21, 2013

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