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Army Pfc. Jacob A. Dennis

Died July 3, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Powder Springs, Ga.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died July 3 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained June 30 in a weapons system accident at Forward Operating Base Lane, Afghanistan.

Fallen private remembered for positive attitude

The Associated Press

Pfc. Jacob Dennis enjoyed cooking and knew how to bake a delectable cheesecake, according to his family.

The resident of Powder Springs, Ga., had been involved in Boy Scouts and youth ministry at Roswell Street Baptist Church. He graduated from North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw, where he played soccer and ran track. He also was involved in theater and the school band.

“Jacob was very much a people person,” said his aunt Beth Wright. “You couldn’t meet him and not love him. I never in my life can remember a time where Jacob had a bad attitude about anything.”

Dennis, 22, died July 3 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained June 30 in a weapons system accident in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, where he met his wife, Allysha. They married in June 2009.

He was supposed to come home at the end of July. His wife said he could have come home sooner but wanted to stay with his fellow soldiers.

“He loved the guys he was with like brothers,” she said.

Dennis had briefly gone to culinary school at Chattahoochee Tech before enlisting in the military.

Survivors include his parents, a brother and a sister.

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