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Age:   25
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Date of Death: 10/22/2003
Incident Location: Baghdad
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Pvt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division
Unit's Base: Fort Riley, Kan.

As a teenager, Jason M. Ward talked about joining the Army, but the responsibilities of fatherhood took precedence. Shortly after graduation in 1997, Ward and his wife Jordan welcomed the first of two sons. "He had talked about the Army off and on since high school, but he didn''t want to be away from the boys all the time," said Jordan Ward. "Then we started talking about it again, and we thought it would be a good thing for us." Pvt. Ward, who enlisted in April 2002 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., died Oct. 22 in Baghdad in a non-combat related incident. His wife said he had been ill for several weeks and was scheduled to return home for medical treatment. "It was the hardest thing I''ve ever had to do, telling our son that he wasn''t going to see his father again after all," Jordan Ward said. The couple also have a 2-year-old son. "I just want people to know he was a great husband, a great guy," Jordan Ward said. "And this is going to be a very different place without him."
Source: Associated Press
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