Lance Corporal Jared M. Schmitz, USMC Rifleman, Ghost Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines
KIA 26 AUG 2021 Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was killed in action August 26, 2021 along with 12 other US service members while conducting non‐combatant evacuation operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Born February 25, 2001 in St. Charles County, MO, Jared was 8 years old when he announced he wanted to join the military when he graduated high school. Never wavering from the commitment he made at just 8 years old to serve his country, Jared enlisted in the Marine Corps through the Delayed Entry Program during his junior year at Fort Zumwalt High School, graduating in 2019 and headed to Camp Pendleton after his official swearing in with Marine Corps on July 8, 2019.
A sweet, gentle and selfless soul, Jared had a great sense of humor, loved the underdog and cared deeply for his family and friends.
His incredible bravery and relentless dedication to the Marine Corps is truly inspirational and a constant source of pride.
He is a true American hero to whom we are eternally grateful for having paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Til Valhalla, Semper Fi.
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