Jordan C. Haerter

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Sag Harbor, NY

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter graduated high school in June 2006 and joined the Marine Corps in December that same year. Haerter was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune. He deployed to Iraq in March 2008. At a JSS checkpoint, Haerter and fellow Marine Corporal Jonathan T. Yale stopped a suicide bomber. Both men were killed. They were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Though Jordan himself admitted that he could be stubborn, it turned out that was a good quality for a Marine. He could fly an airplane at 16 years old. He had a dry sense of humor and took good care of his friends and family. He thought about things more deeply than most people, such as the costs of war, witnessing first-hand children left without parents.

Jordan had so much more to give. He was a very special person who had the world ahead of him. He wanted to serve his country and planned to go to college and become a police officer in his hometown of Sag Harbor, NY.

Age: 19

Date of Death: April 22, 2008

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