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Posted: 9/21/2004 4:24:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2004 5:25:10 PM EDT by TexRdnec]
never met the guy.

he's one of my best friends from HSs brother in law. he's with the 1st cav over in baghdad. friday he was hit with an IED and suffered some pretty serious wounds.

i can't find anything on the internet, all i know is what was reported on the local news and what the family has been told. they don't know how bad but they do know he suffered at least a broken leg and pelvis including facial wounds. he is currently in germany getting medical attention

we do know he's alive and that he's at least in stable condition but really nothing else. i've never met him, you've never met him, but prayers from all of us couldnt hurt a damn thing, so if yall would......................

i will look on the local news websites for more info................thanks in advance
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:29:28 PM EDT
you have to join to view the site so i just copied the text:

Iraq bombing injures city native
By Sara Lee Fernandez Caller-Times
September 21, 2004

A 30-year-old Corpus Christi native was injured in a car bombing in Samarra, Iraq, on Saturday, KRIS 6 News reported.

His family said he is in serious but stable condition in a hospital in Germany.


Army Staff Sgt. Jarrett Jongema, a graduate of Ray High School, took multiple pieces of shrapnel in the chest, broke his left leg and had facial wounds, said his father Ronnie Jongema of Corpus Christi.

"They medevaced him out of Iraq," Jongema said. "He's still in Germany right now but maybe on Thursday or Friday he will be moved (to the states)."

A car exploded at a U.S. and Iraqi checkpoint, killing two Iraqis and wounding three other Americans.

Jongema said early medical reports of his son's injuries were disturbing. He said first reports had his son with a broken leg and pelvis, internal bleeding and much more serious wounds.

"They had to give him 12 units of blood and four units of plasma," he said.

Jarrett Jongema is one of five children and joined the Army 11 years ago. He is part of the 1st Cavalry based at Fort Hood in Killeen.

Contact Sara Lee Fernandez at 886-3767 or fernandezs@caller.com

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:30:30 PM EDT
i guess maybe it was a car bomb instead........................thats whats so hard for the family, not actually knowing how bad it is yet...........................
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:32:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:35:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 4:36:32 PM EDT by Da_Bunny]
If he made it to the hospital he's got a 99% chance, thank God and the Army...
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:37:03 PM EDT
Prayers sent. He'll do fine. Keep us updated with a status of his condition?
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:46:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:
i can't find anything on the internet, all i know is what was reported on the local news and what the family has been told.

I think information on the wounded ones, and even the fatalities, is wayyy under-reported..probably on purpose. Hope he recovers though.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:48:30 PM EDT
Does his family have any news on his condition? Car bombs... geeez... I his squad got some payback at the idiots that set the bomb up or off.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:49:26 PM EDT
God Bless...prayers from an old heathen sent.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:51:51 PM EDT
Prayers sent! Post with an update on his condition when available!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:52:11 PM EDT
Prayers sent.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:53:16 PM EDT
Hope everything works out OK.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:53:40 PM EDT
I will be glad to pray for him and his family.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:56:02 PM EDT
I pray for all our guys every night.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:56:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 4:57:13 PM EDT by thompsondd]
It is my duty and honor to remember this man and all who are in harm's way in my prayers. Thank God for every last one of them. My your friend recover quickly and completely. Please pass along our thanks to him through whomever you can.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:56:57 PM EDT
Prayers Sent.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:57:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 4:58:45 PM EDT by DK-Prof]
Fingers crossed!

If he was stable enough to be medevaced out of country, hopefully that's in itself a good sign! Here's hoping that he will have no permanent damage or impairement, and will be with his loved ones soon.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:57:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:58:18 PM EDT
Prayers coming
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:58:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:59:56 PM EDT
I worry for my my brother and another friend over there right now, but they are keeping it toasty and watching their six's - hopefully I'll see them both very soon.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:00:20 PM EDT
Prayers sent Red..let us know if there's anything we can do. Let his family know there are people who are praying for them. I will take his name and his family's name to our church prayer meeting tomorrow night. Done deal.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:00:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fallingwrench:
Prayers Sent.

Gladly. I pray that The Lord will be with his family in the coming days as they deal with the uncertainty, and I pray that this young man (and all of the rest of our troops) will find his way safely home to his family.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:01:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 5:02:44 PM EDT by arowneragain]
.oops. double-tap....
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:02:44 PM EDT
You got it.

How are his chances of a full recovery looking?
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:04:44 PM EDT
Prayers sent for Jarrett, and for all our heros in the sandbox.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:05:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:05:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Blackjack272:
You got it.

How are his chances of a full recovery looking?

that's the worst part, we don't really know....................
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:08:05 PM EDT
If this offends anyone, I apologize in advance, but I learned it from a vet so I thought it patricularly appropriate:

Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, for I am the Meanest SOB in the Valley.

I will pray hardily for the SSG

CPL Colin S. Kelly
Assistant Security Squad Leader
Ohio Military Reserve
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:09:16 PM EDT
I'll remember him tonight.


Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:11:48 PM EDT
Prayers said and sent.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:14:08 PM EDT
Post where to send flowers and well wishes.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:18:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:23:13 PM EDT
I thank the LORD for the Mercy..........Hopefully he can come home soon and get on ARF.com with all of us and eat a good Home made meal. Prayers already spoken
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:23:19 PM EDT
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:31:20 PM EDT
If I could say one thing to him right now it would be, "Thank you".

I have the utmost respect for our young men & women in the military.

My family will be praying for you Jarrett and your family. Get well soon!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:31:49 PM EDT
I'm really pulling for the guy to have a speedy recovery. Hopefully once healed, he'll be good as new again. My prayers are with his family and friends.

I am getting so sick of good men like this being injured and killed by a bunch of coward terrorists and their roadside bombs and car bombs.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:52:55 PM EDT
God bless him and his family, help him heal quicky, and may He keep him safe while he is in harms way.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:53:17 PM EDT
I pray for ALL of our warriors several times a day. You can be sure I will pray for Staff Sergeant Jarrett Jongema.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:54:11 PM EDT
Prayer having been sent, may his wounds be a reminder of the victorious battle against radical Islam. Planerench out.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:03:19 PM EDT
Prayers sent for the warrior and his family.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:03:40 PM EDT
Thank you for your bravery and service to our Country. You are a great American, and my family prays for a quick recovery from your injuries. We also hope you and your family will do well after your hospital time. Get well and be PROUD!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:04:41 PM EDT
A lot of us DO care. Our thoughts will be with you and everyone else brave enough to serve.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:10:24 PM EDT
Prayers sent. I hope things turn out for the best. Keep us informed.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:13:26 PM EDT
Prayers in.

Please dear Lord, bring our good men home safe and sound.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:53:15 PM EDT
Prayers Inbound....
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:57:29 PM EDT
Praying for him
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:00:22 PM EDT
Prayers sent for him and his family.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:08:19 PM EDT
God Bless him and every member of the United States Armed Forces.
I pray he makes a quick and full recovery.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:11:48 PM EDT

Best wishes to a speedy recovery. And I hope those facial wounds aren't disfiguring.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:28:52 PM EDT

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