Army Spc. Jacob P. Dohrenwend
Died June 21, 2010 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
20, of Milford, Ohio; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died June 21 at Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident.
(The following was taken from www.fox19.com of June 24, 2010) MILFORD, OH (FOX19) - The Department of Defense announced Wednesday a local soldier died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Several dozen friends showed Wednesday night at a quickly-organized memorial tonight at Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township.
The family has still not announced funeral arrangements. His body has been returned to the United States but not yet released to the family. There's still no word on how he died.
20-year old Spc. Jacob P. Dohrenwend died June 21 in Balad, Iraq. Authorities said his injuries were sustained from a non-combat related incident, but have not given more details regarding the cause of death.
Dohrenwend was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas.
A vigil for Dohrenwend will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. at Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township.
Friends say that Jacob was a jokester and always made people around him laugh. He returned home for a visit this past January and was scheduled for leave in five weeks.
A statement from his family said that on his 18 birthday, Jacob did two things: registered to vote and enlisted in the Army.
"He was a wonderful brother, son, and friend. He loved his family, friends, his country, and the Army," said his family in the statement. "When he wasn't playing video games with friends, he was serving the community by volunteering at the library or a nursing home."
Dohrenwend was a 2008 graduate of Milford High School where he was part of the Junior ROTC program.
He is the eleventh soldier with ties to Clermont County that has died since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003.
The Associated Press reports that the body of Dohrenwend arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday.