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Jacob Michael Hess

Spokane, Washington

January 1, 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Marine Sgt

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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Jacob Michael HESS
HESS, Jacob Michael On January 1, 2014, beloved son, husband, brother, and friend Jacob M. Hess, Sergeant, US Marine Corps, lost his life during a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Jake is survived by his wife Bridget Hess; mother Keirsten Lyons; father Michael Hess; brother Cameron Hess; grandparents Lynn and James Brink and Robert and Charlene Hess; and in-laws Ismael and Sara Ramirez; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The public is invited to a memorial and celebration of life service on Monday, January 13th at 1pm at the Life Center Foursquare Church, 1202 N. Government Way. A reception for family and close friends will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be of a more enduring nature. Jake became a regular blood donor at 16, a regular platelet donor at 18, and had the unique privilege of being a bone marrow donor at the age of 20; literally giving the gift of life to someone he had never met. If you would like to honor Jake and bring a lasting legacy to our family, please consider becoming a donor in whatever way you are able.
From Spokane KHQ Q6 NBC TV khq.com 01/01/14:

SALUTING THE BRAVE: Spokane Marine, Jacob Hess, 22, Killed In Afghanistan

Posted: Jan 02, 2014 2:18 PM PST
Updated: Jan 03, 2014 1:54 PM PST
by Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ Local News Reporter 
SPOKANE, Wash- 24 hours after Hess was killed on New Year's day the Department of Defense says Hess was killed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Little details were given on just exactly how Hess was killed. 

Hess was a 2009 graduate of North Central High School in Spokane. Hess was enrolled in the running start program and taking college courses while at North Central.

On Wednesday Steve Fisk, principal at North Central spoke to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus about Hess. Fisk says "He was very easy going. He got along well with all the kids." "He was just real close to his family."

Hess was a standout soccer player for North Central in 2009. According to Fisk Hess was "very sure of his direction in life" referring to Hess' desire to enlist in the military at a young age. Sgt. Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC.

The Inland NW Red Cross tells KHQ that Sgt. Hess is the son of Keirsten Lyons (formerly Hess) who is the Regional Service To The Armed Forces Director.

According to the Department Of Defense Hess was deployed with the Marine Air Logistics Squadron 40 when he was killed. Hess enlisted in the Marines in October 2010, not long after graduating from North Central High School.

Sgt. Hess earned several awards during his service including, The Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal,The Afghanastan Campaign Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. 

From KREM krem.com 01/02/14:

Former teammate, coach remember fallen Spokane Marine
Posted on January 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM
Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 6:16 PM
SPOKANE, Wash.-- The Department of Defense announced Thursday that a Spokane Marine died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 
Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Leaders with the Spokane Public School District said Hess attended North Central High School. He graduated in May 2009. He transferred to North Central High School in 2008 from Kubasaki High School in Japan.
Hess enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009 according to school officials.
Spokane Mayor David Condon issued the following statement about the loss of Marine Sgt. Jacob M. Hess:
“Spokane is saddened today by the loss of Marine Sgt. Jacob M. Hess of Spokane who died while serving his country in Afghanistan,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “We are grateful for the brave and selfless sacrifice Sgt. Hess made for our freedom and offer our deepest condolences to his family.”
Condon knows Hess’ mother through the Red Cross. His mother, Keirsten Lyons, is Director of Regional Service to the Armed Forces according to Inland Northwest Red Cross officials.
“Today it is our turn to stand as a community behind Keirsten and her family as she has done so many times before for others in Spokane,” added Condon.
Teammates and coaches of the former standout soccer player were saddened by the news. “He was definitely one of a kind and it showed, you know, everyone in the league recognized him,” said Nathan Pelton. “It had a lot to do with the way he treated people and the friendships. I mean, he wasn’t as much of a vocal guy, but he just had a way with everyone. You know everyone liked him, no one hated him, everyone respected him and he was just a great guy.”
"He was very skilled," said former coach Mica Lamb. "What made him a great player really wasn't his skills, it was his tenacity."
Military Representatives said Hess had already earned numerous medals and honors over his short career. They include the Global War on Terrorism and National Defense Service Medals. He also earned a Good Conduct Medal.
There are two more honors that were in the process of being approved and will now be awarded posthumously. Those include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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