Parris Island Weapons Battalion Corporal Jason Lee Davis died in a motorcycle accident that occured at 4:20am Saturday morning.
His 2005 Suzuki was traveling East on Sams Point Rd by Brindelwood in Beaufort County. The motorcycle struck a curb and flipped several times. Davis was wearing a helmet. The crash is still under investigation.
22 year old Davis was from Columbia, Tennessee.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I must post Tennessee has lost another Great American Hero, US Marine Corps Cpl Jason L. Davis, 21, of Pulaski , Tennessee. He was killed Saturday, 05 July 08 while riding a motorcycle on Lady's Island , South Carolina. He was assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Parris Island , South Carolina, and had been a Marine a little over four years.
8 July 2008L
By Lance Cpl. Michael S. Darnell, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
One-by-one, the roll was called. All Marines, present or accounted for, save one. When Corporal Jason L. Davis’ name was called, only the sound of “Taps” was there to reply.
Davis, 21, died early Saturday morning, and a memorial service was held in his honor Tuesday afternoon.
Here, aboard the Depot of which Davis was a proud graduate, his friends and family gathered to honor the memory of a man they described as a mentor, a friend and above all else, a U.S. Marine.
Davis joined the Marine Corps in August 2003 and graduated from Marine Combat Engineer School in December 2004. He served at Camp Pendleton, California, for three years before receiving orders to Parris Island in May.
Upon arriving, he reported to Weapons and Field Training Battalion where he quickly distinguished himself amongst his command and his fellow Marines. His passing was a sudden and unexpected loss, felt by all.
“When a Marine dies in combat, it’s never easy, but we accept those losses,” said First Sergeant Doug Schaefer, the Range Company, WFTBn., First Sergeant. “The loss of one Marine is too much, but when it happens suddenly, like this, it’s hard to swallow.
“He was a confident, self-assured Marine who always stood up for what he believed in,” he added. “He can’t be replaced.”
At the memorial service, Davis’ relatives stood out amongst a sea of Marine uniforms, his two families brought together in remembrance of their lost son and brother.
His command spoke highly about him, and his friends gathered afterwards to tell stories about him, many of them colorful, all of them uniquely Marine.
In the end, his life as a fellow Marine was how he was remembered. According to his friends, that was what he wanted.
“He and I were in coaches’ course together, and he was excited to be there,”said Corporal Matthew Clark, a friend of Davis’ at WFTBn. “He loved being a Marine, and he shared that with everybody around him.
“Corporal Davis was a great Marine, but an even greater friend,” Clark said. “There was none greater.”
NOTE: Corporal Davis was laid to rest with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on 24 July 2008.
DAVIS, JASON LEE
- CPL US MARINE CORP
- DATE OF BIRTH: 07/23/1985
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/05/2008
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8274
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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