Welch, Jonathan D, SPC

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2007-2009, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
Service Years
2007 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Yorba Linda
Last Address
Yorba Linda, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 31, 2009
Hostile, Died of Wounds
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery - Dixon, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 3, Site 444

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2009, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  2007-2009, 11B10, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
  2007-2009, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Army Spc Welch was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. He died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit while on foot patrol with an improvised explosive device. Since the age of 6, Jon told his friends and family that he was going to be an Army man. He attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California before obtaining his GED and joining the Army in March 2007.

Before his first deployment to Afghanistan in July, he signed an agreement with a friend to change his name to "Cobra Banana Commander" when he got out of the military – friends loved his wicked sense of humor. Jon was a jokester – a young man who had a tough time during his teen years, but turned his life around and lived it to the fullest. While stationed in Washington, he was a regular in the Seattle club scene that specialized in punk music. It was also the first time he had seen snow and was so excited that he had to call his family.

Less than two months before his death, Jon talked to his father about the possibility of not returning home. He knew there was a chance of this happening and gave his father strict orders for his memorial service – don't do a lot of blubbering. Jon had no regrets for the life he had lived – he chose to be a soldier to make a difference and he did.
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