Time of Remembrance

Jerald A. Whisenhunt

Age:

32

Hometown:

Orrick, MO

Date of Death:

2008/02/08

Incident Location:

Taji, Iraq

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SFC

Unit:

1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Schofield Barracks, HI

SFC Jerald A. Whisenhunt, 32, of Orrick, MO died February 8, 2008 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. He died in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Marc Whisenant liked to drive. When he was in uniform, he drove tanks and Humvees. Back home, his father said, he cruised around in his 2007 Chevy Cobalt SS. Jerry Whisenant told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that his son had just spent $800 to put top-of-the-line tires on the car. Friends and family said Marc Whisenant was a dutiful soldier who had learned that sense of duty as a Boy Scout. “He was quiet, but he was determined, and if we had his determination today, we’d all be closer to perfection,” said Roger Tiffany, who had been Whisenant’s Boy Scout leader.

Whisenant, 23, of Holly Hill, Fla., was killed Sept. 24 in a vehicle rollover. He was based out of Miami. Whisenant graduated in 2005 from Spruce Creek High School, where he had been a member of the school’s junior ROTC program all four years. Tiffany recalled the young man’s patience as a young scout, including the time Whisenant broke his arm during an activity. He didn’t gripe once, sitting quietly and calmly in the hospital waiting room. “Marc will get along fine in eternity because he was (fine with waiting) in an emergency room,” Tiffany said.