Pfc. Joseph Allen Jeffries
21 years old from Beaverton, Oregon
Army Reserve’s 320th Psychological Operations Company
May 29, 2004
Pfc. Jeffries was killed with two fellow soldiers, Capt. Daniel W. Eggers and Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Mogensen, and an unnamed sailor, when their vehicle drove over an IED in Kandahar, Afghanistan. All four service members were attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan.
He is survived by his wife, Betsy, and his parents Mark and Linda Jeffries.
I found this write up on Joe and wanted to share. It shows what a special young man he was:
Joe wasn’t an ordinary soldier. At 21, he was the youngest of our group, and his looks and outward shyness made him seem even younger. Although assigned to the special operations forces, he wasn’t a hard-charging combatant: His job was to help win hearts and minds, and he seemed happiest handing out school supplies and chatting with small children in the villages that our group visited and, occasionally, raided.
What I remember most about Joe was his basic decency. He was just a really nice guy. He never had a bad word for anybody, never seemed to get upset at anything, never seemed to worry. Even when we were chasing down Taliban suspects or driving through tight mountain passes that were perfect for ambushes, Joe seemed to be calmly enjoying himself.
I liked Joe’s grin. It was always there. Kind of small and sly, like a kid who’s been caught stealing cookies but knows his mom won’t really yell at him, because she loves him and in the end she’ll let him have the cookies, and probably a glass of milk, too. Joe always had that look. (…. The article continues)
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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