Sgt. Issac Brandon Jackson
Born April 2, 1982 in St. Joseph, Missouri
Died Oct. 27, 2009 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan
Sgt. Issac B. Jackson was a troubled youth, who grew into a wonderful, giving man. He had some issues in his early teenage years and was removed from his school and placed in another school with a personal teacher. At his new school he achieved, excelled at basketball and graduated as just another normal kid. Befriended by a local minister’s son, Issac often led the prayers before games. He graduated in 2001 from Lathrop Missouri High School and enlisted in the Army on April 23, 2004, at Kansas City, Missouri and reported to Fort Benning, Georgia on May 20, 2004, for One Station Unit Training in Military Occupational Specialty 11B, Infantryman. He reported to Fort Drum, N.Y., on October 26, 2004, where he served as an anti-armor specialist. While assigned to the unit, he deployed to Afghanistan from March 2006 through June 2007. He transferred to Fort Lewis on July 25, 2009, and was assigned to 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, where he has served as a radio-telephone operator and grenadier. He deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in July 2009. On October 27, he volunteered for a mission when he realized another soldier was not ready. He died along with 6 other soldiers on that mission in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Issac completed many military classes and his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star 2, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon 2, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Issac grew from a boy into a man while serving; he married his wife Kristen in December of 2004 and they were the parents of a son and a daughter expected in December 2009. Issac set an example for others and his son, that obstacles can be overcome. He had hopes of one day becoming an Army Chaplain or chaplain’s assistance. His wife; children; mother and several other family members survive him. His father, a brother and a sister preceded him in death. Sergeant Jackson is buried in Lathrop Cemetery, Lathrop Missouri.