|'Loving, compassionate & dedicated'|
'Loving, compassionate & dedicated' Marine Cpl. Jason Clairday was killed by enemy fire in Iraq Dec. 12. His pastor at First Baptist Church in Salem, Ark., described him as loving, compassionate and dedicated. Clairday and his wife, Sarah, had been married since July 30. Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Baptist
SALEM, Ark. (BP)--The war in Iraq has hit home for members of First Baptist Church of Salem, Ark., after one of their own was killed in the U.S war on terrorism.
Marine Cpl. Jason S. Clairday, 21, was killed by enemy fire Dec. 12 in the Anbar province near Fallujah during what military officials called a "security and stabilization operation," according to a report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Clairday and his wife, Sarah, members of First Baptist, were married July 30, just weeks before he left for Iraq.
"Jason was a loving, compassionate and dedicated young man," said John Hodges, pastor of First Baptist. "He was the type of boy that any parent would be glad to call their child."
Prior to enlisting in the Marines, Clairday had been very active in church life, Hodges said. He made a profession of faith while a member of the church youth group, sang in a traveling quartet and was involved in many youth ministries and activities. Read More