Sacrifice of fallen soldier etched in stone in Babylon

The sacrifice of a fallen soldier from Babylon was etched in stone Saturday after a U.S. post office building was renamed in his honor. Army Specialist Jacob Samuel Fletcher was the first Long Island

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2006, 11:30 PM

Updated 6,447 days ago

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The sacrifice of a fallen soldier from Babylon was etched in stone Saturday after a U.S. post office building was renamed in his honor.
Army Specialist Jacob Samuel Fletcher was the first Long Island resident to die in the war in Iraq, just weeks after it began. Fletcher, a paratrooper, was killed just 11 days shy of his 29th birthday. Fletcher had been one of the first Americans to parachute into the darkness just north of Baghdad. Shortly after Fletcher's death, his mother, Dorine Kenney, set up Jacob's Light Foundation. It provides service members overseas with necessities and comforts of home.
On what would have been Fletcher?s 32nd birthday, the post office was renamed for him with a ceremony complete with a color guard marching through the crowd honoring the soldier.


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