U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 586-11
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died July 5, 2011, in Paktia province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Hohenfels, Germany.
Staff Sergeant Joshua A. Throckmorton, 28, of Battle Creek Michigan;
Specialist Jordan C. Schumann, 24, Port Saint Lucie, Florida; and
Specialist Preston J. Suter, 22, Sandy, Utah.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA — Fun-loving, a free spirit, and caring are how family and friends described a U.S. Army soldier from Port St. Lucie who was killed Tuesday in a bombing in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Specialist Jordan Christopher Schumann, 24, died when a Humvee he and other soldiers were riding in on patrol drove over a roadside bomb, his father, Clay Schumann, said.
Army officials said Wednesday they could not release details until all families of the deceased soldiers were notified.
Schumannn, of no relation to the former Press Journal owners, is a 2006 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School.
Jordan Schumann is survived by his, wife Sarah, who is expecting the couple's first child in September; his parents, Clay and Linda Schumann; a brother, Clay Schumann Jr., all of Port St. Lucie; and a sister, Heather Goldsmith, of Fort Benning, Ga.
Funeral arrangements were pending as of Wednesday.
Jordan's personality showed through as a child when he would persuade his older brother, Clay Jr., to jump off the roof to greet their father, who was coming home from work.
“You could be upset with him and love him all at the same time,” his father said. “He had an amazing smile and dimples.”
Added Clay Jr., “He was into anything that had a thrill. I got punished just for being where he was.”
Jordan's school antics weren't considered bad behavior, just childlike and inappropriate for school, his mother, Linda Schumann, said. So the family spent a lot of time in parent-teacher conferences and became close friends with his teachers and staff such as Kenneth Orban, guidance counselor at St. Lucie West Centennial High School.
Orban, a former dean of students for the school, had to discipline Schumann multiple times for inappropriate behavior but was struck by the young man's caring nature.
“He was a free spirit. He was a good guy. He would help anyone,” Orban said. “He was a joy to be around. He just loved life.”
The family kept Jordan busy with activities at Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, where the young man became a Christian. His favorite Scripture was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me,” Linda Schumann said.
“God watched over him while he was over there and God is still watching over him,” she said.
Westside Baptist Church minister Troy Ingersoll first met Schumann during the church's youth group, more than 10 years ago.
“Jordan would want people to live their life to the fullest,” Ingersoll said.
After high school graduation, Schumann earned an EMT certification from Brevard Community College in 2008 and later enlisted in the Army as a way to help people and earn money for school, his family said.
After Schumann returned from basic training, family and friends said the mischief remained but also there was a new focus and a sense of seriousness. That seriousness grew when he learned he was going to be a father. Schumann was making plans to attend officer's school and to become a trauma nurse in the Army.
He and his wife named their son Tristan Alexander in anticipation of his birth in September.
“He was just as proud as a peacock,” his father said. “He couldn't wait to hold his son in his arms.”
Army Specialist Jordan C. Schumann, 24, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, died July 5, 2011 in Paktya Province, Afghanistan. The vehicle he was driving was sent out to aid and assist another squad when his truck struck a massive improvised explosive device.
Jordan was born in Stuart, Florida and resided in Port St. Lucie. He was a 2006 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and earned an EMT certification from FMTI in Melbourne, Florida, after which he enlisted in the Army.
Jordan was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Survivors include his wife Sarah Schumann, parents Clay and Linda Schumann of Port St. Lucie, FL, brother Clay Schumann, Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Sister Heather Goldsmith of Ft. Benning, Georgia & two nieces. Also surviving are his father and mother-in-law Jay and Patti Morgan of Port St. Lucie, Florida, brother-in-law Shawn Morgan and his fiancée Shanna Hendrick of Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Jordan and Sarah are expecting the birth of their first child, son Tristan Alexander Schumann in September.
Friends and family may call at the Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, Florida on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. A funeral service will be conducted at the Westside Baptist Church on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:00PM.
Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sarah Schumann Account (for Tristan) at Bank of America, 1800 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953.
SPC US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/12/1986
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/05/2011
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9807
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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