LYONS, NY, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY C, 2D BATTALION, 35TH INFANTRY, 3 BCT, SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI KIRKUK, IRAQ 10/15/2006
Sergeant Jonathan E. Lootens, of Lyons, New.York was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He died on October 15, 2006 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kirkuk, Iraq. Also killed was 1st Lt. Joshua Deese. The two had already completed deployments in Afghanistan.
After his first tour of duty, Jonathan E. Lootens received a commendation medal from the Army for saving another soldier’s life while under fire. His soldier brothers and friends meant so much to him. Most important to him was their safety.
Jon may have been a bit of a troublemaker when he was younger, but military service turned his life around. He worked hard to complete his GED to get into the Army. He was strongly driven and when goals were set, Jon proceeded to get them accomplished. He had become a wonderful young man who was kind and dedicated to his family. In his spare time, Jon loved to hunt and fish. With no wife or children of his own, he was a devoted uncle and also showered attention on a classic 1964 Ford Falcon Futura. He was looking forward to going to college.
The twenty-five year old soldier who trained in chemical operations had been serving as a gunner on a humvee. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his courageous service.
Charlie Company 35th Infantry Regiment “Not For Fame or Reward, Not For Place or For Rank, But In Simple Obedience To Duty as They Understood It”