Jared D Stanker, Spc, US Army
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Spc Jared D. Stanker, 22, Evergreen Park, Illinois
13 October 1987 – 27 October 2009
US Army – OEF
Jared joined the Army on his 18th birthday. He had wanted to join the Military since he was a young boy. He loved history and was well versed on all wars. He wanted to help people have better lives in countries that were so far behind in living conditions, education and being threatens by terrorism.. He wanted to make a difference and do whatever it took to ensure our freedoms here. He graduated March 2006 from Ft. Benning, GA. His orders were to report to Ft. Lewis in Washington State where he joined the newly formed Stryker Brigade. He was part of the 5-2 SBCT,1-17 INBN, CCO. They trained until their deployment on July 19, 2009 to Kandahar, Afghanistan. On October 27, 2009 Jared’s unit was preparing to head back from their mission when a 1500lb IED was detonated as the Stryker rolled out. 7 soldier and their interpreter were killed.
Our lives were forever changed that day. ~Susan Stanker