Maine Remembers a Military Hero… Sgt. Jason Swiger

Army Sgt. Jason Swiger was killed in Iraq this week.
He was handing out candy to children when he was killed by a suicide bomber on a bike.


Army Sgt. Jason Swiger is shown. Swiger a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division was killed in Iraq, reportedly while passing out candy to children, the victim’s sister said Monday, March 26, 2007. Swiger of South Portland, Maine, was one of four soldiers who left the protection of their Humvee to hand out candy to a group of Iraqi children when a suicide bomber on a scooter detonated an explosive, said Swiger’s sister, Angelica Cole. (AP Photo/WCSH-TV)

Much thanks to Dave Stoll for forwarding this very touching story:

A couple days ago a paratrooper linked to A Company Second Brigade was lost in Iraq named Sgt. Jason Swiger. He was from South Portland, Maine.

My son is a recruiter in the Portland area after doing 3 tours in Iraq with A Company 2/325 82nd. The trooper’s mother is someone we all should know, ckeck out the link. This “grieving mother” came and thanked recruiter who had signed up her son and thanked the recuiters (especially those with jump wings) for all they had done to keep this country safe!!!!!

My son could not believe what he was hearing!!!!! The 82nd is sending a burial detachment up for the funeral, 300 patriot guards are coming because about a week ago some of the nuts from Kansas showed up in Maine at the funeral of a fallen Marine. My son spent the rest of the day helping the mother (and the rest of the recuiting office) put up yellow ribbons all over the city of South Portland, Me.

As you will see from the videos this is another mother to counter Cindy Sheehan. This is someone who deserves some national attention.
Dave Stoll

WMTW Maine has a wonderful story (HERE) on the mother of Sgt. Jason Swiger an American hero.

Sgt. Jason Swiger was very proud of his work. Maine Today interviewed Jason back in 2003 after his first deployment to Iraq.

Sgt. Swiger just wanted to make the world a better place.
The Charlotte Observer reported:

A soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division was killed in Iraq, reportedly while passing out candy to children, the victim’s sister said Monday.

Army Sgt. Jason Swiger of South Portland was one of four soldiers who left the protection of their Humvee to hand out candy to a group of Iraqi children when a suicide bomber on a scooter detonated an explosive, said Swiger’s sister, Angelica Cole.

“He was just trying to make the world a better place. I have two small children and he would talk about how he wanted it to be safer for them,” Cole said. “In that situation, getting out of the Humvee to pass out candy, you could see him doing that.”

Rest in Peace, Sgt Jason Swiger.

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