ESTACADA, OR, USA U.S. Army CPL, COMPANY A, 2D BATTALION, 1ST INFANTRY, FORT WAINWRIGHT, AK MOSUL, IRAQ 05/29/2006
Corporal Jeremy Loveless was twenty-five years old when he died as the Stryker vehicle in which he was riding came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Mosul, Iraq. It was Memorial Day, May 29, 2006. Corporal Loveless was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 1st Inf. 72nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The mission was in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jeremy’s Stryker buddies would say of him that they were glad to have him in their Stryker vehicle. They’d tell you that Jeremy may have been a young soldier, but a wise and older man at heart and one who cared mostly about his job saving lives. Metal bracelets with Jeremy’s name engraved are worn by those who intend to remember him as well as go about finishing Jeremy’s unfinished business for him. Another buddy says..”Semper Primus” …Always First. …Legionaries!
Corporal Loveless was a skilled Army Medic who volunteered for dangerous lookout jobs which took him outside his Stryker vehicle as his teammates watched for suspicious vehicles and cordoned off search areas in Mosul. Jeremy was willing to take on any task which would protect fellow soldiers and this included manning the gunner position on their Stryker vehicle.
Corporal Loveless, of Estacada, Oregon enlisted in the Army in October of 2004 and was assigned to the 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He helped treat both soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Jeremy didn’t just prove himself to a platoon once, he did it sharing himself and his skills with ten platoons. His buddies knew Jeremy as a man who adored his wife and four-year-old daughter, Chloe.
The gleam in Jeremy’s eyes clearly told of his love and pride for his wife Melissa. He joined the Army to train as a medic and knew that this experience would serve him well when he again became a civilian and prepared to attend civilian paramedic school. He was an advanced combat medic on a one year Iraq tour. Jeremy was about service and served as a volunteer in support of the Estacada Fire Department. He had completed one year of firefighter/paramedic training before going into the Army in 2004.
He was born, June 27, 1980 to Connie and Michael Loveless in Albany, Ore. He was raised and educated in Gresham, attending Hollydale Elementary School, Dexter McCarthy Middle School and graduated from Gresham High School in 1998. He married Melissa Ann Veley in Estacada, Oregon on July 1, 2000