Army Sergeant Jeremy R. Wright, 31, Shelbyville, Indiana.
Died January 3, 2005 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED).
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group based at Fort Lewis, Washington. The unit is supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Wright joined the Army in 2002 and was sent to Afghanistan about two months ago. He was a Green Beret stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Wright, the Indiana 3,200-meter champion in 1992 at Southwestern High School in rural Shelby County, was a two-time All-American in cross country at Wabash, where he won seven Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference distance running championships. He was also a three-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team. He won the NCAA Division III Great Lakes regional title in 1993 and graduated with honors from the Crawfordsville school in 1996 with a major in chemistry. He also was a member of its Athletics Hall of Fame.
Wright had received several decorations including the Purple Heart. Survivors include his mother, Jackie Nickel, and his father, Dale Wright.