17 May 2005
Well, it happened. My friend, Jacob Simpson (Jake) died in Iraq last night. We don't have any further details yet. If you are one of his friends that wasn't called, call me and we'll make sure you know about any further arrangements.
According to the Oregonian:
he was on foot on a reconnaissance patrol, clearing a building near the northern city of Tikrit....was killed Monday near Tikrit, Iraq, when he was struck by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade
These all have the same basic story as the Oregonian:
Denver Post article
Rocky Mountain News
And this one requires subscription, but I assume it is the same as the rest:
Very minimal reference:
Defense Department News
Just got ahold of Brenden's blog which also includes a chat session log with Jake.
Brenden's interview with Mail Tribune. Also note that Gov. Ted Kulongoski has asked that the state fly flags at half mast today (5.20.05) for Jake.
Jake's service will be at 1pm on FRI, 27 May 2005. The location will be:
Willamette National Cemetery ( Map )
11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd.
Portland, OR 97266-6937
There will be a wake at 3pm on FRI for family and friends. The location will be:
Club Paesano - Cederville park
3800 W. Powell Loop.