Midstate soldier killed in Afghanistan dreamed of a military career

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2014 11:35 AM

(Orwigsburg) -- The mother of a Schuylkill County soldier killed in Afghanistan says her son had dreamed of a career in the military from the time he was a boy. 

29-year-old Capt. Jason Jones of Orwigsburg died on Monday in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire.

The green beret and West Point graduate was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Suzy Jones told The Reading Eagle  she thinks her son's interest in the military stemmed from watching the Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun'' when he was about 7-years-old.

She says he was laid-back, humble, fun-loving and deeply in love with his wife after marrying less than a year ago.  Jason's father, Jay, said he was "just a special kid that was loved by everybody.''  

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