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Cpl James Eugene Summers III

Born: April 5, 1986
Died: May 28, 2007 in Abu Sayda, Iraq

Cpl. James E. Summers of Bourbon, Missouri grew up in Bourbon and Cuba before joining the Army. Joining the military was a lifelong dream of his. In June of 2005, he married the former Beth Bridgeman, of Cuba, and the two had lived in Killeen, Texas, since their marriage. Jimmy began his return trip to Iraq around May 19, and actually spent time at Camp Anaconda, a rest and relaxation point for soldiers where he had spent time with his brother, Mike, who was a sergeant in the Army National Guard, was stationed at the fort. His brother Tom had this to say about the loss of Jimmy. “He’s my brother and he loves me, and I know I love him, and he wouldn’t want us to be sad or depressed about this. He would want us to move on and he would want us to be happy. He would want to honor him as best we could, and that’s what I’m trying to do.” He had only been back at his forward operations base for three days before being killed in action He was part of a rescue mission heading to the crash site of a downed Apache helicopter. In route to the site, the Bradley vehicle that Summers and his unit were in was struck by an IED. His father was a former Police Cheif of Bourbon and Jimmy was the father of a 4-year-old daughter. Jimmy died at age 21 in Abu Sayda, Iraq, of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. His brother, Mike escorted Jimmy’s body home. Also killed were1st Lt. Kile G. West, Sgt. Anthony D. Ewing, Cpl. Zachary D. Baker and Spc. Alexandre A. Alexeev.
6th Squadron
9th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Di
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial is at Bourbon Cemetery in Bourbon, Missouri

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