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SGT Jason M Swindle

September 23, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Sgt. Jason Swindle of Cabot, Arkansas. Jason was killed in action on September 20th, 2012.

Today’s THV (11) in Little Rock, Arkansas reported his story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV)–A Cabot family is mourning the loss of their son. Sgt. Jason Swindle was killed while serving in Afghanistan. He was 24 years old and not only has he been on three tours over sees, he was also a husband and father. 

“Very outgoing, just very fun to be around,” Sam Swindle reflects on what he misses most about his younger brother.  “It’s hard not to smile around him; it’s just hard not to love him.” 24 year old Jason Swindle died  Thursday while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan Sam says the loss doesn’t seem real; “I’m still pretty numb ya know but I have a very strong family, I thank God for my family, every day.” Sgt. Swindle leaves behind an expecting wife and a one year old son.  The boy on the way will be named Jason Junior. “They had the best father in the world, the best man I know, God family country that’s the order, that’s what he cared about he was proud to serve.”

This was Swindle’s third tour overseas. This deployment was supposed to be a short one.  Sam says Jason left about a month ago and was expected to be home by Christmas. “He was very proud to serve; I know he went out fighting, fighting for us.”

The department of defense reports Swindle died from injuries from an enemy small arms fire. Jason is one of three military men in his family. His father is a marine and two of his brothers both followed Jason’s footsteps and joined the military. The family has yet to make funeral arrangements, but do say they plan to have services in Beebe where his wife lives.

We would like to extend our condolences to Jason’s family. It is an honor to feature him on the American Hero Project and we’ll update this story with the site of his resting place when the information becomes available. Please help us honor and remember our American Hero.

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