Petty Officer Jared Day was killed six days before his 29th birthday.  Today, he would have been 35 years old!

Petty Officer Jared Day, was a native of Taylorsville, Utah.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in July, 2002. After graduating from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in February, 2003, he reported for technical training at Great Lakes, Illinois until May of 2003. He then transferred to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic Detachment at Keflavik, Iceland and served there until July, 2004. He then reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at Coronado, California.  After completion of BUD/S in 2005, he reported to a West Coast based SEAL Team from November, 2004 to November, 2007. He then reported to his East Coast based SEAL Team in November, 2007.

08.12.82 IT DayCPetty Officer Day’s awards include Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat “V” device for valor, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards), Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Obituary:
Jared William Day “Our Hero” We have lost our son, brother, friend, and hero. Jared William Day was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. He died alongside his friends, some of the bravest men this world has ever known. Jared was born August 12, 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Cottonwood High School in 2001. In 2002, Jared joined the United States Navy because he loved this country, the people who live here, and the freedoms we all have. Upon enlisting, Jared successfully and honorably served in various commands and task forces in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This culminated with him making the ultimate sacrifice while deployed to Afghanistan. Jared’s skill and expertise led to his selection as a Tactical Communicator to an elite group. He was truly special, not only to our family, but to this country. Jared is survived by his father Sam William Day; his mother Karolyn Keno Day; his sister Geri Marie Day; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jared is preceded in death by his grandparents Franklin and Geraldine Kimball; Jack Eldon Day, August and Merl Pearson. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 22nd at Lake Hills Mortuary on 10055 South State Street. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with the funeral beginning at 12 p.m. Military honors to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the IT1 Jared Day Memorial Fund, Navy Federal Credit Union. We are so thankful to our family and friends for their support. We would like to give a special thank you to the United States Navy. Their support has been so comforting. We also want to thank the Patriot Guard, Unified Police Department, and all other supporting parties. Jared was incredibly quick-witted with an infectious smile; and he lit up the room whenever he walked in. We know he is now playing fetch with his beloved dog, Sebastian and watching over us from above. “We don’t say goodbye.”

 

Sources:
legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?pid=153171345
northsantarosa.com/2011/08/11/jared-william-day/

On August 6, 2011 a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. IT1 Jared Day was one of the 30 members of the Joint Special Operations Command who were killed.

This tragic event was the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001. Those killed are listed below.

East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit killed:
LCDR (SEAL) Jonas B Kelsall
Master Chief (SEAL) Louis J Langlais
Senior Chief (SEAL) Thomas A Ratzlaff
Senior Chief (EXW/FPJ) Kraig M Vickers
Chief (SEAL) Brain R Bill
Chief (SEAL) John W. Faas
Chief (SEAL) Kevin A Houston
Chief (SEAL) Matthew D Mason
Chief (SEAL) Stephen M Mills
Chief (EXW/FPJ/DV) Nicholas H Null
Chief (SEAL) Robert J Reeves
Chief (SEAL) Heath M Robinson
PO1 (SEAL) Darrik C Benson
PO1 (SEAL/PJ) Christopher G Campbell
IT1 (EXW/FPJ) Jared W Day
MA1 (EXW) John Douangdara
CTR1 (EXW) Michael J Strange
PO1 (SEAL/SW) Jon T Tumilson
PO1 (SEAL) Aaron C Vaughn
PO1 (SEAL) Jason R Workman

West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:
PO1 (SEAL) Jesse D Pettman
PO2 (SEAL) Nicholas P Spehar

Soldiers killed were:
CWO4 David R Carter
CWO2 Bryan J Nichols
SSGT Patrick D Hamburger
SGT Alexander J Bennett
SPC Spencer C Duncan

Airmen killed were:
TSGT John W Brown
SSGT Andrew W Harvell
TSGT Daniel L. Zerbe