Jason A Schumann


HAWLEY, MN, USA U.S. Army SGT, TROOP A, 3D SQUADRON, 89TH CAVALRY REGT (RSTA), 4 BCT, FORT POLK, LA AD DIWANIYAH, IRAQ 05/19/2007


Army Sergeant Jason Alan Schumann, 23, of Hawley, Minnesota, died May 19, 2007 in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, about 100 miles west of Baghdad, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Sergeant Schumann, who was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, was escorting a convoy to the Baghdad airport when the IED exploded. He was a cavalry scout noncommissioned officer assigned to Apache Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana.


According to his mother, Candie Glisson, Jason was very kind, ultra polite, and tolerant. He said, after watching his friend die in an ambush during his first tour, “How do you defeat an enemy whose greatest weapon is what they have for you in their heart”?


Jason loved to write historical novellas which he would research for months. Ironically, they were always set in wars, with the young hero ultimately giving his life for country.

Sergeant Schumann’s remains were buried on June 1, 2007, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. A practicing Wiccan, the Department of Veterans Affairs honored him by carving a Pentacle on his headstone. Jason is survived by his wife, Laura, and son, Joe, as well as his father and stepmother, Jim and Sherry Schumann, and his mother and stepfather, Candie Glisson and Russell Toth. Other surviving family members include his brothers, James and Ben, stepbrother, Brent Anderson, and stepsisters Kayla and Kristie Nelson.


Although he died in 2007, in May 2010, using an online Guest Book, his mother-in-law, Susan Endrodi, talked to him about a trip she, his wife, and son made to visit his final resting place:


Jason We came from England and brought your darling son. You would be so proud of him; on the 19th he left a balloon for you and kissed your stone. He is getting so tall and has a lot of your mannerisms and expressions. He wanted to know why the bad men killed you and why you can’t come down from heaven to see him because he misses you.


It broke my heart Jason.


We all miss you but we have a big part of you with us every day in Joe. Love you, Mum (in-law) xx


Jason’s portrait is also located on Poster 7