MOSCOW, ME, USA U.S. Army SPC, HHC, 2D BATTALION, 5TH CAVALRY, 1 BCT, FORT HOOD, TX BAGHDAD, IRAQ 07/08/2007
Jason was born in Skowhegan and raised in the small town of Bingham, Maine. He grew up in a patriotic family. Jason was good-natured, intuitive, and always wanted to please people. He wanted to do well in life and he worked very hard at trying to do the right thing. Jason had a good and kind heart and wanted to like himself and find his place in the world. He did just that.
Jason was surrounded by patriotism and it was his patriotism that led him to enlist to serve his country during our critical War on Terror. His Father, two great Uncles, Two Uncles, and an Aunt have all retired from Military service. He also had two cousins currently serving in the military, and another cousin who was medically discharged after being seriously injured in Iraq.
Prior to enlisting in the Army in 2005, Jason received his high school diploma with a focus in welding from Penobscot Job Corps in Bangor, ME. He had also attended Valley High School in Bingham. His passions in life were his family and friends, the Army, fishing at Hunters Pond and sports. Cousins remember fun times shared during family trips to Island Falls and many other family gatherings. These childhood memories continue to bring smiles to Jason’s family of aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Jason was adamant that his brother Logan continue education beyond high school. With the support of family and friends, Jason’s brother will receive that encouragement to continue that education. He is survived by his mother, Gail and stepfather Mike; his father, Jody and his wife, Lisa; his brother, Logan; stepsisters, Missy and Emily; maternal grandparents,; paternal grandparents,; paternal great-grandmother, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jason and Sophie Belenger , his fiancee’, had dated for seven years and had known each other since Jason was twelve years old. The couple planned to be married in January 2008 when he returned from Iraq.
Jason was a thinker and a talented young writer, with aspirations of being a singer. Copies of one of Jason’s pieces, “We Were Pioneers Once” have been requested by several Army personnel, including an Army Chaplain. His favorite Shakespearian quote was, “A coward tastes death many times, the valiant taste death only once.” Another favorite quote describes Jason: “My fear is not that of dying, but of never living.”
Long after the Governor of Maine’s order to honor Jason with flags at half-staff, the upper Kennebec River Valley and the town of Moscow will remember Jason as a wonderful, handsome young man who was solidly built and really good-natured., and wrote: ” To be an American is an honor, look at our history it’s not just something you read in a dusty old text book…”
Army Private First Class Jason Dore, of Moscow, Maine, re-enlisted just two weeks before his death July 8, 2007. He succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle suicide bombing against his Humvee while on patrol. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas.