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Army Spc. Jason L. Moski

Died February 25, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Blackville, S.C.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, Fort Riley, Kan.; killed Feb. 25 when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on dismounted patrol in Taji, Iraq. Also killed were Spc. Adam N. Brewer and Pfc. Colby M. Farnan.

Friends remember fallen soldier as family man

Associated Press

NEW HOLLAND, S.C. — Friends, family and fellow servicemen remembered an Aiken County soldier who died in Iraq last month as a devoted family man.

Spc. Jason Lyle Moski, 24, of Blackville died Feb. 25 when an explosive detonated near his patrol in Taji. Two others were killed. Moski had been stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., since January 2003.

A memorial service was held Friday for Moski, who is survived by his wife, Hollie, and daughter, Haley.

Michael Cosentino, who lived next door to Moski at Fort Riley, said he did not know Moski long but knew that he was devoted to his family.

“If he left the presence of his wife and daughter for even five minutes, he would tell Hollie and Haley he loved them,” Cosentino said. “The most important thing in his life was his family. He loved his wife and daughter.”

The Rev. Virgil Parsons said he watched Moski mature into a devoted husband and father.

“He was excited about life, and was very easy to like and love,” Parsons said. “I saw him grow up, and grow in the church. Today, he’s in God’s presence.”

Moski, a 1999 graduate of Wagener-Salley High School, played football for the War Eagles. He also had a great affinity for music and played the drums, Parsons said.

“He loved music,” Parsons said. “He said you’re not listening to music unless you absorb it.”

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