Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another soldier gives his everything for me!

Yesterday I got a call that I never wanted to get.  My mother called to let me know that an Army chaplain and two Officers arrived with news of my brothers death.  Words do no justice to the anguish and pain that I felt and still feel. 

Glen Jacob Whetten loved what he did and was good at it.  He had a desire to serve his country before he was even old enough to enlist.  He joined right after turning 18 and left for boot camp at Fort Benning soon after High School graduation from South High School in Phoenix, AZ.

He was first assigned to the 24th Infantry Division(I think) out of Hawaii.  There he became jump qualified and of course expert marksman.  His goal was to become an Ranger, an Airborne Ranger!  Those dreams were realized and he later was re-assigned to the 82nd, an Airborne Ranger Division.

He was part of the initial assult on Iraq and the March on Baghdad.  His only regret was they came in so fast they did not need to parachute in at the airport ahead of groud troops.  Jake received comendations for his role as squad leader of an elite scout team attached to HQ division.

After over a year he came home to the states and took a promotion and new position as DI(Drill Instructor) at the Ranger Academy.  He qualified for Special Forces training but hurt his ankle and withdrew.  As his new chance came up he was asked to become a part of a team deploying for Afghanistan.  He took that oportunity and has now paid the ultimate tribute to the country he loved.

He was killed in action on March 12, 2010 as part of a convoy attacked in Afghanistan by terrorist insurgents bent on killing Americans.

My brother and friend died doing what he loved in order for us to all have the freedom to do what we love. 

I love you brother, sure am gonna miss you.  You are a true American Hero!

49 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, and so very proud of your brother. You and your family are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, but I think you have a miss print. There is no such thing as the 21st Division, but the 24th Division is stationed in Hawaii. Also there is no 81st Division, but there is an 82nd Airborne Division.

May God Bless you and your family.

Tulsi said...

I waited for that knock at the door for 15 months. Luckily it didn't come. Now I have a son finishing a mission knowing he will be going to Iraq a few months after he returns. These are great men. Less than 1% of American citizens are in the military. They do such a service to us. I'm so sorry there was that knock on the door. Please know thoughts and prayers are with you.

DebbieAnne54 said...

My prayers are with you Jed and your family.. I love you all... and Jake will always live in your hearts

Anonymous said...

Jed, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Wile I did not know Jake at the time, we were in Afghanistan together, in different battalions of the same Brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. I worked with him as a Ranger Instructor at 4th Ranger Training Battalion for 3 years. He loved the Army and he missed the action when he was an instructor. He will be missed much more than the fact-checking Mr. Anonymous. God Bless you and your family for suffering the ultimate sacrifice of losing a son and brother, and much more painful..a father. God Speed to Jake and all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.... SFC Jeromy J. Henning

Edna Guerrero Cole said...

Jed - thanks for sharing. Jake was an amazing person. In the last 25 years that I've known you guys, he has brought lots of laughter & smiles to many of our faces. I am proud to have know him. Although this whole situation is very heartbreaking, Jake did not die in vain. He really was a True American Hero that loved his country. Jed, if there is anything I can do for you or your family, please don't hesitate to ask. Lots of love and prayers are sent your way.

Armed US Citizen said...

Thank you Edna, Sgt. Henning, Debbie, Tulsi and Rev. Paul

It has been very nice to have such nice things said and written about my brother. I have always admired and looked up to my little brother for his ideals. His dedication love for what he did was inspiring. I am so proud of him , and yet so sad that it may be a very long time before I get to embrace him again.

Anonymous said...

Bless you Ranger Whetten. You made the supreme sacrifice for lessor men than you and for a, hopefully, grateful nation. RIP Ranger, we salute you.
Vic P. Gilliland
CW5, ret.
Alemaster

Welshman said...

Our prayers are with you and your family, my friend.
Anthony G. Martin
The Liberty Sphere

Rustmeister said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Anonymous said...

I hereby express my most sincere condolences for your loss and my deepest appreciation for the sacrifice your brother, you and your parents and family have endured for our country and freedom.

As a Patriot Guard Rider, I will be riding with pegs down for the next week in honor of your brother's service and sacrifice.

May the healing hand of God be upon you and your family as you go through this most sad time.

Sincerely,

Paladin

Joe Brimley said...

We are saddended by the loss of Jake. We are so grateful for the willingness of the thousands of servicemen and women who put their lives in jeopardy every day in our behalf. Jake died a hero and his legacy will live on to inspire others to serve this great country. May god rest his soul and bless and comfort all of his family.

Jay21 said...

God bless you and your family at this time. Thank you does not seem appropriate at this time so I offer my respect and prayers to you.
The 23rd Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
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Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
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Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
I am so very sorry for your loss! Your brother is a TRUE HERO!!! My son just finished up boot camp, and is now deployed in his first unit. It is the kind-eyed, stoic heroes like your dear, precious brother who paved the way for these young soldiers. Words just can't express my gratitude to you, yours, and my sincere sorrow at your loss, sir!
Very Respectfully yours,
A Blue Star Mom who stands PROUDLY with YOU AND YOURS at this time...We love you, and prayers to you, your dearest brother, and your precious family/Phoenix, AZ

Albert A Rasch said...

My condolences to you and your family.

Honor the Brave, Remember the Fallen.

Regards,
Albert
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
The Range Reviews: Tactical

Stephen said...

I offer my heartfelt condolences in regards to your brother. I know your family's pain stands in stark contrast to the pride you must feel for a loved one who sacrificed everything for our country. I stand in awe and reverance for those who choose the path of Patriot. God bless your family.

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Elda Whetten said...

Hola Primo,
I regret that I never met Jacob. I am so sorry that such an awesome young man had to pay highest price for my freedom, I will not forget his sacrifice. I dedicated my first post to him on my troop appreciation site www.greatamericantroops.com.
I had the pleasure of meeting your mom at a family reunion last September...what a lovely person. I hope that we have a chance to meet someday too.

Lo siento mucho..

Tu prima,

Elda Whetten Clevenger

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