Corporal Jessica A Ellis, 24, died May 11 in Baghdad, Iraq from wounds suffered when her vehicle hit an IED. She was a Health Care Specialist assigned to 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she had been stationed since May 2005. Cpl Ellis was a daughter of Oregon.
Cpl Ellis attended Lakeview High School in Lakeview, Oregon in 2002. She attended Central Oregon Community College for two years, then enlisted in the Army in 2004. She is remembered at her high school as 'someone you couldn't help but love' - incredibly friendly to all. She ran track and cross country in high school and studied jazz, tap and ballet.
This was Cpl Ellis' second deployment to Iraq. She told her friends that 'she truly loved serving her country as a medic. She loved what she was doing."
Cpl Ellis received the following awards: Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit citation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Medical Badge, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert.
She is survived by the parents, Linda and Steven Ellis of Baker City, Oregon, a brother Cameron Ellis and his wife, Irena, of San Francisco, a sister, Amanda Ellis, of Corvallis, Oregon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family, Cpl Ellis' teammates and friends at this time.