Soldier Honored: Jerome Lemon
Hometown: North Charleston, SC
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
State Trooper and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jerome Lemon, 42, of N.C., South Carolina was a member of the 1052nd Transportation Company, South Carolina National Guard. SSG Lemon was deployed to Balad, Iraq, where his unit was ambushed by insurgents using an improvised explosive device. He died of wounds he suffered during the attack on October 27, 2004, while serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SSG Lemon began his career as a sheriff’s deputy in the early 80’s. He faithfully served his community in law enforcement while also serving in the Army National Guard as a Convoy Commander. “Staff Sgt. Lemon was a man of spirit and commitment — he stood for freedom and democracy,” said South Carolina Adjutant General Stan Spears. He called Lemon a “very compassionate man with an infectious smile.”
SSG Lemon could often be found reading his Bible and ready with a comforting word for his unit’s younger soldiers. South Carolina Adjutant General Stan Spears presented posthumous Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct medals to Lemon’s widow and mother.
SSG Lemon’s daughter is a Folds of Honor scholarship recipient.