This memorial was created to always remember the life of Army
Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis 24, of Bend, Oregon. Jessica was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.
Jessica Ann gave her life on May 11, 2008 in Baghdad from wounds sustained when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
All those who knew her, also loved her...
"She was so brave, and I was so proud of her. To go through that three weeks ago and to go back out there, knowing the danger..." - Steve Ellis, Jessica's father
(3 weeks before her passing Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis escaped with cuts and bruises when her heavily armored vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad)
The Bronze Star Medal (below left) is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration which may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the 9th highest military award (including both combat and non-combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations.
The Purple Heart (below right) is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor, New York. The original idea for the Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) is the oldest symbol and award that is still given to members of the U.S. military.
From fall 2002 until spring 2004, Jessica studied at Central Oregon Community College. Jessica entered the Army in September 2004, and was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, beginning in May 2005.
She received numerous awards and decorations, including an Army Commendation Medal and medals for good conduct and terrorism service.
"The thing that really stands out is how incredibly friendly she was. She was friends with everybody in the school.
The typical barriers that separate certain types of people did not have any impact on her, whether they were a good student, a bad student, a top-notch athlete, she got along very well with everybody...” - Bob Nash, Jessica's High School Principal
Jessica, a few years before enlisting
A health care specialist, Jessica was first deployed to Iraq in October 2005. She returned in September 2006 but was sent back to the region a year later, in October 2007.
Jessica was in the midst of a 15-month deployment. Army health care specialists provide basic and emergency medical treatment when an Army physician isn’t available.
Among her main duties is providing emergency medical treatment to casualties on the battlefield, although they also provide basic care by interviewing patients, taking their temperatures and preparing blood samples for the laboratory.
Basically, they're placed in a war to help others, some of whom they don't even know...
“You could always count on her. Some people are good in a wide variety of ways, and she was the kind of person who always had a smile on her face. She always served as an inspiration for her teammates.
She was just a marvelous young lady who worked very, very hard. She was the kid you couldn’t help but love...”
- Bobbie Steninger, Jessica's coach and physical education teacher
The usual image of a combat medic is an unarmed soldier accompanying troops into battle. But Ellis was equipped with an M-4 rifle, a 9 mm pistol and body armor in addition to her medical bag. She often went on patrol with combat engineers who cleared away roadside explosives...
Jessica was a combat medic... her mom, Linda is family nurse practitioner...
When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts, God knows how hard you have tried...
When you’ve cried so long and your heart is in anguish, God has counted your tears...
If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by, God is waiting for you...
When you’re lonely and your friends are too busy even for a phone call, God is by your side...
When you think you’ve tried everything and don’t know where to turn, God has a solution...
When nothing makes sense and you are confused and frustrated, God has the answer...
If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope, God has whispered to you...
When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for, God has blessed you...
When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe, God has smiled upon you...
When you have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to follow, God has opened your eyes and called you by name...
Remember that wherever you are and whatever you are facing... GOD KNOWS !
From the St. Francis DeSales Cathedral website
“She was a gutsy little gal. She was never afraid to try anything. I remember a time when she was applying for a fire crew position, and every day I would see her running up and down the road to get in shape and get ready for fire season...” - Jan Rekow, mom of a close friend of Jessica's
"She told me on the phone, this is a very dangerous place to be. She told us on the phone it was heating up again..." - Steve Ellis
“She truly loved serving her country as a medic. She loved what she was doing...” - Jan Rekow
"Jessica was the most friendly kid you'd ever want to meet. A lot of staff members here knew her. Everyone is quite saddened...." - Bob Nash, Jessica's High School Principal
"Jessica was a bright girl who always lit up the room when she walked in. She was a hard worker, Steninger said, and always practiced hard... She's a sweetheart..." - Bobbie Steninger, Jessica's coach and physical education teacher
Jessica graduated from from Lakeview High School in 2002 and participated in cross country, swimming and track.
Jessica Ann Ellis was born June 26th, 1983 in Burley, Idaho... She passed away on May 11th, 2008... She was an extraordinarily positive person, selfless, and caring of everyone, characteristics that lend themselves well to the role she served in Iraq.
“She was a joy. She was always helping, and she was just part of the group, a team player.
That’s one of the reasons Conroy wasn’t surprised to hear about Ellis’ service in the Army.
She was always a person who liked to help people, so I would imagine that would be a field that she would take to liking. That would be a way she could help people...” - Linda Conroy, who taught Ellis to dance at the Lakeview School of Dance
“One has honor if they hold themself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so...” - W. Lippmann
“Her job, she told us once, was to stop their bleeding.. I just wonder how many of her fellow soldiers she helped, or saved... She loved her buddies, She told us that...” - Jessica's father
"She looked at a challenge as an opportunity to bring out her best..." - Cameron Ellis, Jessica's brother
Jessica's "Run for the Fallen" flag
Thank you for visiting the Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis Website
God Bless You
Jessica's guest book - Legacy.com
Gold Star Family Support Group
Moms of Military - Prayer and Support Group
The Fallen Heroes Memorial website
The Military Times "Faces of Valor" website (List of US Casualties)
Patriot Guard Riders website
CNN iwatch - Support to Troops
Operation Iraqi Freedom
War in Afghanistan 2001 - Present