Army Pfc, Jason M. Meyer, 23, of Swartz Creek, Michigan, originally from South Bend, Indiana.
Killed in action by enemy fire in Iraq. Meyer was assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 8, 2003.
Eight days after celebrating his first wedding anniversary from afar, Army Pfc. Jason Meyer of Howell, Mich., was killed in action in Iraq when the armored personnel carrier he was riding in took enemy fire.
His wife, Melissa, 19, was being strong as she and her family fought through their grief.
"There’s moments when it’s very difficult and others when it’s only a little difficult," said Melissa’s father, John Arnould of Swartz Creek.
Meyer’s mother, Kathy Worthington, said she last heard from him on Valentine’s Day in a phone call from Kuwait City. She said the worry and fear came mostly from her, and he sought to reassure her. "He was always upbeat and happy. He was always a great kid."
Meyer graduated from Howell High School in 1999 and worked construction jobs. He joined the Army in 2001, and married Melissa on March 30, 2002.
"He couldn’t wait to return to his wife, return to his family," said Tom Wickham, an uncle. "But he also knew he had an obligation as a soldier."