Jerak, Ivika, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18Z-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1999-2005, 18Z, US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) /1st Special Operations Command
Service Years
1988 - 2005
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces

Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Seven Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 25, 2005
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60 Site 8217

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group Army Special Operations Command

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2005, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Expert Field Medical
Senior ParachutistPathfinder BadgeMilitary Freefall Parachutist
Special Forces

 Unit Assignments
14th Combat Support Hospital/690th Medical CompanyUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) /1st Special Operations Command
  1988-1990, 91B, 14th Combat Support Hospital/690th Medical Company
  1990-1991, 18D, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1992-1995, 18D, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
  1996-1998, 18D, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
  1999-2005, 18Z, US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) /1st Special Operations Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia/Operation Desert Shield
  1991-1991 Operation Provide Comfort II (Iraq)
  1995-1996 Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR)
  2001-2020 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2003-2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
  2005-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
 Colleges Attended 
  1977-1981, Others/Not Listed
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak

Died on Aug. 25, 2005

Operation Iraqi Freedom


Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak died Aug. 25, 2005, while conducting combat operations in Iraq against known enemies of the United States of America.

He was born Oct. 12, 1962 in Debeljak, former Republic of Yugoslavia and graduated from the Center for Education of Personnel in Zadar, former Republic of Yugoslavia in July 1981.

He entered the U.S. Army as a combat medic Jan. 19, 1988, and after completion of Initial Entry Training, was assigned to the 690th Medical Company, Fort Benning, Ga. Since that time, Jerak served in the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His last assignment was as an assistant team sergeant assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Jerak completed several military courses while serving in the United States Army to include the Pathfinder Course, the Ranger Course, the Basic Airborne Course, the Static Line Jumpmaster Course, the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, the Special Operations Medical Course, the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Course, the Military Freefall Course, the Jumpmaster Course, and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course.

Jerak’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star Medal (3), the Purple Heart (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal for valor, the Army Commendation Medal (4), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal (5), the National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal (2), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Medal (Government of Kuwait), the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab and the Driver and Mechanic Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Hye Jerak and his mother, Milka Jerak.

Exercise Jackal Stone 2012 leaders, participants honor fallen SF comrade
DEBELJAK, Croatia (USASOC News Service, Sept. 24, 2012) – Military members and civilians from the U.S. and Croatia honored the late Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak, a member of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, with a small memorial service held in his native town of Debeljak, Croatia, Sept. 22, 2012.
Jerak gave his life in defense of freedom in Husaybah, Iraq, Aug. 25, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position while deployed in support in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The highly decorated Special Forces soldier earned many awards during his military service including four Bronze Stars Medals, one with Valor device, two Purple Heart Medals and three Meritorious Service Medals. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and a Purple Heart.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, Croatian Brig. Gen. Ivan Juric, the exercise deputy commander of Jackal Stone 2012, delegates and friends visited Milka Jerak, the mother of the late soldier, at her home to pay their respects.
After visiting with the family, the group drove a short distance to a nearby elementary school where Jerak had attended as a child.
The school and nearby playground received a complete renovation in 2009, funded by the U.S. European Command and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District in honor of the fallen soldier.
Kevin Fish, of SOCEUR Medical Plans and Operations, served with Jerak in the 10th Special Forces Group and attended the memorial service. He said Jerak was one of the best people he ever knew and described him as an honest, straight forward and all around good guy.
“It holds a little place of him here in Croatia,” said Fish about Jerak’s memorial at the elementary school. “It bonds him forever with this community where he grew up.”
The memorial service convened in front of a plaque dedicating the school and playground renovations to Jerak. Repass and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Sekelsky, the senior enlisted leader for SOCEUR, laid a wreath of flowers under the plaque where Juric lit a single, white candle.
“It’s an honor to stand here today and honor Ivica Jerak,” said Sekelsky during his remarks. “He excelled as a soldier in the most elite special operations forces the United States has. He was honest, to the point, determined and always selfless serving.”
The attendees at today’s service are participants in JS-12, a U.S. European Command, Joint Chiefs of Staff - directed exercise conducted in various locations throughout Croatia to enhance special operations capabilities. The multi-national exercise involves approximately 1,700 military personnel from the U.S., Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
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