Army Sgt. Jason W. Swiger
24, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died March 25 in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Also killed were Cpl. Jason Nunez, Pfc. Orlando E. Gonzalez and Pfc. Anthony J. White.
Here is a living memorial testimonial to Army Sgt. Jason Swiger:
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On October 4th I took part on The Summit Project’s hike up Mt. Cadillac. I had the humble honor of carrying the stone of SGT. Jason W. Swiger. In the weeks leading up to the hike I did a lot of research on this brave young man. He was a poet, singer and had planned on making the military his career. I found more than one testimonial about Jason’s great sense of right and wrong and how he always stood up for what he believed in. He was a selfless person who grew up amongst many foster children. As I hiked the mountain it was not lost on me the significance of his sacrifice for this country. Were it not for the actions of this great soul and many others like him I may never have even had the opportunity or freedom to take part in a leisurely hike let alone one with this much significance. When times got a little tougher on the mountain I just envisioned what Jason had been through and how he wouldn’t let something as small as rain, wind or slick rocks stop him from reaching his goal. This gave me all the strength I could ever need to complete the hike. I feel now that I have a new appreciation for Jason and all other fallen heroes. These people sacrificed their time, energy and lives all in the name of what they thought was right. Jason answered the call of his country and the amount of respect I have for him is endless. I pledge that I will do everything in my power to keep Jason’s memory alive. I will share his story and encourage others to do the same. Thank you to all my fellow hikers and The Summit Project for this incredible experience. Finally and most of all I want to thank the Swiger family for allowing me the honor of carrying Jason’s stone. Your hero, is not forgotten.