|Spc. Jason Dean Hunt
Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., went into the military after graduating from Tipton High School in 2005 and had gotten married just two months ago, his mother, Gale Hunt, said. He had served 3 1/2 years in the Army, including a stint in Iraq.
Gale Hunt said two uniformed soldiers came to her door late Thursday night to notify her of her son's death.
Hunt, known as J.D., was "just kind of a quiet boy and a good kid, very kind," said Kathy Gray, an administrative assistant at Tipton Schools.
His mother said he was family oriented.
"He didn't go in for hunting or sports," Gale Hunt said. "He was a very quiet boy who enjoyed video games."
He had re-enlisted for six years after serving his initial two-year assignment, she said. Jason Hunt was previously stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 6 to Nov. 11, 2009
|From Oklahoma News 9 news9.com
Oklahoma Soldier Jason Dean Hunt Laid To Rest
Posted: Nov 14, 2009 10:43 AM PST
Updated: Nov 15, 2009 5:56 PM PST
By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9
NORMAN, Oklahoma -- U.S. Army Spc. Jason Dean Hunt was remembered for his outstanding dedication to his country during a funeral service Saturday. Hunt was killed along with 12 others during shooting rampage at Fort Hood last week.
About 200 people came to the Primrose Funeral Home to pay tribute to the 22-year-old soldier from Frederick. Hunt, who was recently married, was described as a loving husband and family man as well as a soldier who left a legacy of selflessness and service.
"He said he would jump in front of a bullet for one of my fellow soldiers and he did say that to me in person. That's the kind of person he is," said Leila Hunt Willingham, Hunt's sister.
It was that willingness to save others that Hunt's sister said was what likely led to his death.
"He's always been a hero even before this. I think he's even more so because he wasn't overseas killed in combat. I think he jumped in front of a bullet for somebody," Willingham said.
But as the grieving continues and the investigation into the Fort Hood massacre moves forward, President Obama has assured the families who lost loved ones that there will be justice.
"If there was a failure to take appropriate action before the shootings there must be accountability," President Obama said.
That is something that means little now for the families forced to bury their loved ones, those like the family and friends of Specialist Hunt.
"It's hard with a kid this young and have something this tragic happened," said family friend Kathy Gray.
Five other soldiers killed in the Ft. Hood shooting were also buried Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|From Oklahoma News on 6 newson6.com
Family of Oklahoman Killed at Fort Hood Mourns
Posted: Nov 06, 2009 7:16 PM PST
Updated: Nov 07, 2009 6:53 PM PST
By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9
FREDERICK, Oklahoma -- The family of the soldier from Oklahoma who was killed in Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood is mourning their loved one, and the community where he grew up is remembering him as a hero..
In Frederick, The Tillman County War Memorial sits under flags flying high. Just a block away, a family is slumped in grief as they learned their son, Army Specialist Jason Dean Hunt, was among those killed at Fort Hood.
"With just 12 you know, I didn't think he'd be one of those 12," said Leila Hunt Willingham, Jason's sister.
When the family first heard of the shooting, they said they held out hope that their loved one was OK. But around midnight, they found out Hunt had died.
"He's always been a hero even before this, and I think he's even more so because he wasn't overseas killed in combat. I think he jumped in front of a bullet for somebody," Willingham said.
As the family grieves in Frederick, at Tipton High School, where Jason graduated in 2005, people were calling the school asking if the person killed at Fort Hood was the person they knew as J. D.
"He was a kid that they all liked. He was funny, very quiet but just very caring, kind, loving person. It's hard with a kid this young and have something this tragic happen," said Kathy Gray, family friend.
While the flags fly half staffed at Tipton High School, military officials met with the family to make final arrangements for Jason body. And as the grieving process continues the family wants to know why someone would take the life of their very own.
"He also said he would die for a stranger, and he said he would jump in front of a bullet for one of my fellow soldiers, and he did say that to me in person. That's the kind of person he is," Willingham said.
In honor of Specialist Jason Hunt, there was a moment of silence before the Tipton football game against Thackerville. Students also wore ribbons in Jason's memory.