Ramseyer, Jason Carroll, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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2003-2006, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3), 3rd Marine Regiment
Service Years
1996 - 2006

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Home Town
Last Address
Lenoir, NC

Casualty Date
Apr 20, 2006
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60, Site 8325

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Black Belt (Instructor Trainer) 2nd Degree

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), 8th Marine RegimentThe Basic School3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3), 3rd Marine Regiment
  1996-1999, 0341, 3rd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (3/8), 8th Marine Regiment
  1999-2003, 0341, The Basic School
  2003-2006, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3), 3rd Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1995-1996 Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR)
  2001-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)3
  2005-2007 OIF/National Resolution (2006-07)
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Last Known Activity
Bombing in Iraq kills N.C. Marine
Family says sergeant loved his job, had hoped to return home this fall
Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

This was supposed to be the last deployment.  Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jason Ramseyer had already returned safely from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.  Now he was in Iraq, in charge of a squad providing security for the battalion commander.  He hoped he could finish his tour by October and return home to his wife, Mandy, whom he'd known since their high school days in Lenoir, and their daughters, ages 3 and 2.  On Tuesday, in what would be their last conversation, Ramseyer talked about his plans with Mandy, back at base in Hawaii.  She told him she'd been with him for nine years and gone wherever he had gone and she was prepared to keep doing that.  On one condition: that his next assignment keep him home.  "That's all I wanted," she said Saturday.  Mandy Ramseyer was still in shock Saturday.  She was two days into the news. Jason Ramseyer was killed Thursday when the device he was checking along a road in Anbar province exploded, wounding two other Marines under his command.  He was 28.  "There's no way," said Mandy Ramseyer, also 28, "to put it into words."  Jason Ramseyer, a 1996 graduate of West Caldwell High School in Lenoir, will be buried sometime this week in Arlington National Cemetery after services in Lenoir, Mandy Ramseyer said. The details are incomplete.  He was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., but moved to Lenoir with his parents in 1990, before he started middle school.  His mother, Cindy Hicks of Claremont, said he was a perfect child: The only time Jason ever got into trouble was as a teenager, when he was caught fishing without a license.  It became clear during his high school years that Jason, though small, was a competitor.  He excelled at wrestling, soccer and especially baseball and he pushed himself to excel at everything he tried, his family and an old teammate said.  "When he did something, he wanted to do his best," said Joe Greer, who was two years behind Jason at West Caldwell and played with him on the baseball team.  Even then, Jason talked about the Marines.  More than that -- it was almost all he could talk about.  He pre-enlisted, Hicks said, and two weeks after graduation was off to basic training.  "It was amazing to me, for someone in high school to be so excited about being in the Marines, with people telling you what to do and where to go and everything.  That's kind of like the opposite of what you want in high school," Greer said. "And that's what amazed me, when I'd run into him later, that it was everything he'd wanted it to be."  Jason's family agreed: He loved the Marines.  Hicks thinks it may be because her son grew to only 5 feet 7 inches and he felt a need to prove his toughness.  Whatever the reason, he'd found his calling.  "If you look up `Marine,' " Mandy Ramseyer said, "you'll see him."  His last deployment began March 9, 2006.  His job was to lead a squad escorting Lieutenant Colonel Norm Cooling, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, from place to place in Iraq.  He took the job seriously, as he did everything else, Mandy said.  A Marine Corps Major told her the squad had just dropped Cooling off at a meeting and was headed back to base when Jason got out of his Humvee to check an object in the road, as he had dozens of times before.  If he suspected a bomb, he'd call a bomb squad.  This time, he never got the chance.  The device was remote-controlled, and Jason didn't even have time to take cover.  Hicks, who works as a paralegal in Hickory, got an urgent call from her husband that afternoon.  He told her to come home immediately.  When she arrived, she knew.  Two Marines were waiting.  Her son had told her: If Marines ever show up at your door, it doesn't mean I'm injured.  She thought, too, about what he'd told her and Mandy before his deployment to Afghanistan.  He was packing, and he insisted on showing them the precise spot on his uniform for each of his 10 medals.  Neither woman wanted to hear it or even think about it.  But Jason said: No, you need to know where the medals go in case something happens.  Hicks hoped with everything she had that she'd never have to apply the lesson.  Jason was her only child.  "I know there's got to be a special reason why (God) took him from me and his babies," Hicks said.  "But he was a Marine, and he was very proud, and that was his job."

Staff Sergeant Ramseyer was born in Florida and raised in Lenoir, North Carolina. Having enlisted into the delayed entry program in July 1995, he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island in June 1996 after graduating from West Caldwell High School in that same year.  He completed recruit training in September and subsequently reported to the School of Infantry (SOI), Camp Lejeune, NC.  After graduating SOI, Private First Class Ramseyer reported to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as a mortar man.  In December 1999, Corporal Ramseyer was assigned as a Mortar Instructor at The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia.  During his tour at TBS, newly promoted Sgt Ramseyer achieved the level of second-degree black belt and was transferred to the Martial Arts Center of Excellence where he served as a Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.  In November 2003, SSgt Ramseyer reported to Marine Corps Base Hawaii for duty as a Mortar Section Leader with Weapons Company, 3D Battalion, 3D Marines.  In November 2004, he deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served as Platoon Sergeant for the Weapons Detachment embedded with Kilo Company.  Recognized for his excellence, SSgt Ramseyer was transferred to the Battalion S-3 for duties as the Training SNCOIC.  In preparation for deployment to Iraq, SSgt Ramseyer was hand-selected to be the Battalion Commander??s Jump Platoon Commander; a duty he performed with consummate professionalism and unparalleled valor.  SSgt Ramseyer??s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd Award) and the Combat Action Ribbon.  SSgt Ramseyer is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.

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