Time of Remembrance

Jacob M. Hess

Age:

22

Hometown:

Spokane

Date of Death:

2014/01/01

Incident Location:

Afghanistan

Military Branch:

Marine

Rank:

SGT

Unit:

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26

Unit Base:

Marine Corps Air Station New River, adacent to Camp Lejeune, NC

Born on Feb. 5, 1991, in San Diego, Hess grew up in a military family, moving a number of times for deployments. He had his own passport by age 4. He spent seven years in Okinawa, forging childhood friendships during long days exploring the island’s beaches. He considered Okinawa his emotional home.

Prior to his senior year of high school, Hess moved to Spokane with his family and graduated from North Central High School. Soccer and hockey were his favorite sports. He liked to read and had a knack for history. He had been hoping to take a tour of historic battle sites. A photo tribute during the service showed Hess and family and friends engaged in outdoor fun.

Hess was a blood, platelet and bone marrow donor, and his family has suggested that those who wish to honor him follow his example.

His soccer coach, Mica Lamb, said Hess’ arrival at North Central was like a gift to the soccer program. “The kid was tenacious. He would never give up,” Lamb said.

Throughout his school years, he won multiple awards as a most valuable player for different teams. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and had a Congressional Award for citizenship.

Hess married his high school sweetheart, Bridget (Ramirez) Hess.

Father-in-law and Marine Master Sgt. Ismael Ramirez said he was impressed by Hess’ devotion to his daughter, and gave Hess permission to marry her when he asked. The couple decided to join the Marines together. They married within a week of their respective boot camp graduations, family members said.

When Bridget Hess’ unit came up for deployment, Jacob Hess volunteered for deployment as well.

“He wouldn’t send his wife somewhere he wasn’t willing to go as well,” according to a write-up accompanying his memorial program.

The cause of Hess’ death is under investigation. The Marines have said he died supporting military operations. His unit supports the MV-22 Osprey, a twin-engine tilt-rotor helicopter, which is used as a troop and supplies transport.

Hess is survived by his wife, Bridget; mother, Keirsten Lyons; father, Michael Hess; brother, Cameron Hess; grandparents James and Lynn Brink, and Robert and Charlene Hess; and extended family.

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