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Army Maj. Jason E. George

Died May 21, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

38, of Tehachapi, Calif.; assigned to 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, Fayetteville, N.C.; died May 21 near Baghdad of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. Also killed were 1st Lt. Leevi K. Barnard and Sgt. Paul F. Brooks.

Loved Ford cars, Michigan football

The Associated Press

When Jason E. George attended a classmate’s traditional Indian wedding — complete with loud music and lots of dancing — he wasn’t content to quietly observe from the sidelines.

“JG was in the heart of it all, trying to dance like my Indian family and friends in spite of having no clue what he was doing,” said Tej Shah. “No matter where he was or what the conditions, you could count on him to bring life to the party.”

George, 38, of Tehachapi, Calif., died May 21 in Baghdad when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Fayetteville, N.C.

He was an Eagle Scout who loved Ford cars and Michigan football.

He was a skilled athlete who played rugby, tennis, baseball, soccer, and basketball — and was an undefeated boxer at West Point.

He also had a master’s from the University of Michigan. After graduation, he worked in the Chicago office of Deloitte Consulting.

“He had a sense of service to causes greater than himself and he was not afraid to fight for those causes,” said Kelly Tubbs Campbell, a classmate. “It was this courage that I loved about him.”

He is survived by his parents, Hugh and Candy Mason.

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