CHESAPEAKE, VA, USA U.S. Army SSG, HHT, 3D SQUADRON, 2D CAVALRY, VILSECK, GERMANY SINSIL, IRAQ 01/09/2008
Jonathan Dozier was a soldier’s soldier. The thirty-year old, curly-haired Staff Sergeant was a vibrant young leader with the deepest warrior ethos. He had the strength and courage of Samson, and he had just been promoted to Staff Sergeant. His deep military connection is a family tradition extending back to the Civil War. Jonathan Dozier joined the Army in 1997, subsequently attended Middle Tennessee State University and re-enlisted in 2005. Jonathan’s military path was not surprising. His father, Carl is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, his paternal great-grandfather served with a North Carolina unit in the Civil War, and his German-Irish cousins and relatives were military men during the late 1800s thru World War II representing both the US and Germany. Jonathan has a sister and brother-in-law in law enforcement. This military service and duty to country shaped Jonathan’s direction from his ancestral past to the time of his death and included his wife, Army Sergeant First Class Amy Dozier. Jonathan and Amy have a daughter Emma.
Jonathan and his family worked at staying in touch as much as possible thanks to the blessings of e-mails, MySpace and telephone calls. Jonathan had spent time home and his father had spent time in Germany with him prior to their unit’s deployment in August. His warrior existence kept him mission focused, and leadership ready. He looked out for his buddies, and they looked out for him. He knew and felt keenly the responsibility for selfless service and had chosen to remain in military service. Jonathan’s Bronze Star and Purple Heart are tangible markers that speak of his 3D Squadron, 2D Cavalry work sweeping terrorist areas to ensure that homes were not covers for insurgents with weapons.
Jonathan died January 9, 2008 in Sinsil, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. His service is marked by the Commonwealth of Virginia legislation H.J.R. 345 passed February 11, 2008 which celebrates the life of Jonathan Kilian Dozier. On Memorial Day 2009 a statue unveiled and dedicated to honor Jonathan and other three Chesapeake men killed in action in Iraq.
Jonathan believed in something bigger than himself and his mother, Martha notes that he could go on “Jeopardy” and answer every question and that Jonathan was aware of the bigness all around him. Jonathan Dozier’s contribution and pride will forever be part of the bigness of his family’s four generations of military service, leadership, and citizenship accomplishment.