Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Jacob M Simpson

Hood River, Oregon

May 16, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Army Sgt

Army's 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment

Fort Carson, Colorado

 Died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when a rocket propelled grenade struck the building he was securing.

Sgt. Jacob M. Simpson 
Last fall, Jacob M. Simpson walked his sister Kimberly Bemiss down the aisle for her wedding. Months later, he was the first family member to hold his other sister's newborn daughter, Madison. He was "very loving, very protective of us," Bemiss said. Simpson, 24, of Ashland, Ore., was killed May 16 in a grenade attack while on patrol near Tikrit. He was based at Fort Carson. Simpson was born and started high school in Hood River and continued in Ashland. He and his best friend, Brenden Kelly, hung out together, often skipping school to go to the Southern Oregon University campus. "I remember laughing with him, smiling with him, fighting alongside him to keep other friends safe," Kelly said. "I remember drinking with him when we weren't old enough to be drinking." Simspon earned his GED before joining the Army. He taught himself to play the guitar and bought a Les Paul model that he coveted after his first tour in Iraq. He looked forward to coming back to Oregon after his tour and attending college. He is survived by his mother, Roberta Simpson.
Published online on May 19, 2005

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May 27, 2005

Fort Carson soldier dies in Iraq

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A soldier from Oregon was killed in Iraq when he was struck by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade, according to relatives.

Sgt. Jacob Simpson, 24, is the 46th soldier with strong Oregon ties to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since March 2003. Five civilian contractors with Oregon ties have been killed in the two countries during that time.

Simpson, who was raised in Hood River and Ashland, was a gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was killed Monday while he was on foot on a reconnaissance patrol, clearing a building near the northern city of Tikrit, said his sister, Kimberly Bemiss of Banks.

Simpson was a member of the Army’s 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Carson, Colo., according to a statement released late Wednesday by the Department of Defense.

Simpson’s mother, Roberta Simpson, lives in Lake Oswego, along with his brother, Carey. He has two sisters, Rebekah Simpson of Glenwood, Wash., and Bemiss. An uncle, Gary Simpson, lives in Hood River.

“While it’s a sorrowful time for us, we recognize what he did and why he did it,” said Gary Simpson. “We’re really proud of the sacrifice he made.”

Bemiss said her brother spent two years with the Army in Germany, then was stationed at Fort Carson. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq, she said.

Simpson was born and started high school in Hood River, continued in Ashland, then earned his G.E.D. certificate before he joined the Army. He was “very loving, very protective of us,” his sister said.

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