Staff Sgt. James Ronald Leep Jr
Born: August 14, 1967
Died: October 17, 2011 in Babil, Iraq
Staff Sgt. James R. Leep Jr., 44, of Davenport, Va., died Oct. 17 in Babil province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team, Portsmouth, Va. He joined the National Guard in April 1986 and served on active duty from December 1987 to August 1995 as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic. He rejoined in January 1996 and worked as a combat engineer and construction equipment supervisor. He worked full time as surface maintenance repairer technician for the Virginia National Guard at field maintenance shop #14 in Richlands. His previous deployments include Bosnia from September 2001 to April 2002, Iraq from December 2003 to March 2005, the southwest U.S. border security mission from June to August 2006, and Afghanistan from November 2008 to January 2010.
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9834
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