Fallen Soldier: Jeremy R. McQueary

Jeremy R. McQueary
Dates: Died February 18, 2010
Hometown: Columbus IN
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Player: Joseph Lloyd

Sergeant Jeremy R. McQueary, 27, of Columbus, Indiana, was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. On February 18, 2010, Sgt. McQueary was killed while supporting combat operations in Helmund province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. McQueary enlisted in the Marines in January 2002, following his early graduation from Columbus East High School. He had previously served in Okinawa, done two tours in Iraq and was completing his first tour in Afghanistan when he was killed. Sgt. McQueary survived a roadside bomb in June 2008 when his Humvee was hit in Iraq.

Sgt. McQueary enjoyed camping, fishing, and 4-wheeling. He had a contagious smile, strong work ethic and an eagerness to please. "He had a smile that made you feel safe and whole," his wife said. "He's a leader," his sister said. "He always volunteered to help others."

His decorations include a Purple Heart, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" for valor, a Combat Action Ribbon and other service awards.

Sgt. McQueary’s son is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.