MINERAL CITY, OH, USA U.S. Army SGT, HHT, 3D SQUADRON, 8TH CAVALRY, FORT HOOD, TX LANDSTUHL 02/24/2007
Those who knew Sergeant Jeremy D. Barnett, 27, of Mineral City, OH, say it was typical for him to volunteer for the kind of duty that cost him his life.
Barnett answered the call for a volunteer to help on patrol on his day off.
Barnett, 27, died Feb. 24, 2007, from wounds suffered in combat in Ad-Dujayl, Iraq.
Barnett a fun-loving soldier who was a natural leader. “He was a young man who not only wanted to serve his country … he did it well,” said Rev. Mark Trotter, pastor of New Philadelphia First Baptist Church, Mineral City OH.
Jeremy attended Sandy Valley High near Magnolia until his junior year and graduated in 2000 from Warren G. Harding High at Warren, OH. He signed up to join the Navy and went in right after graduation, his father, David Barnett, said.
“He spent four years on the aircraft carrier George Washington and said he’d seen enough ocean,” his father recalled.
Six months after getting out of the Navy, Jeremy went into the Army. He was in his third year of a four-year hitch and had spent a year stationed at the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea.
Jeremy had earned medals for serving in Korea and other medals for his Navy service, his father said.
Barnett was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He leaves behind his wife of six months, Stephanie, who is a member of the Texas National Guard and resides at Fort Hood. She is from Texas, and they met in the service, David Barnett said.
Stephanie Barnett also received her husband’s Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals
He is survived by his wife, father, mother and three sisters.