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Army Sgt. Jesse A. Blamires

Died May 30, 2007 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of West Jordan, Utah; assigned to the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died May 30 in Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed apparently due to enemy fire. Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher M. Allgaier, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua R. Rodgers, Staff Sgt. Charlie L. Bagwell and Sgt. Brandon E. Hadaway.

Utah solider killed in helicopter crash

The Associated Press

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A Utah soldier who expressed fears about his tour of duty in Afghanistan was one of five people killed when an Army helicopter crashed.

Sgt. Jesse Blamires, 25, was married with two children. Before Afghanistan, he had been in Iraq.

“They both knew something was going to happen,” a cousin, Celeste Hansen, said referring to Blamires and wife Kimberly.

Kimberly Blamires got the news May 31 in Fort Bragg, N.C., and called her husband’s parents in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb.

“This was his choice ... and I’m honored that he did so,” father Craig Blamires said, his eyes filled with tears. “He developed into a man I’m very proud of.”

Blamires graduated from Skyline High School in 1999.

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