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SGT Jeffrey Alexander Reed
411th MP Company, 720th MP Battalion
, 89th MP Brigade

Killed In Action ~ 2 March 2009 ~ Iraq


They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI


There is no contact information on file for the next of kin.

        Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander Reed, 23, of Chesterfield, Virginia, died 2 March 2009 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a grenade in Taji, Iraq.


        Along with the Ft. Lee Army Honor guard, and a 21-gun salute, members of the Chesterfield County Police, Fire, and Sheriff Honor Guard, and members of the Patriot Guard Riders from across the state surrounded his grave-site with a sea of U.S. and service flags.

        "It was such a fitting tribute," says his father, Mark Reed about the services.  "We have been overwhelmed by the community support and so thankful.  The community has been so special and so enduring to our hearts.  The community support has lifted us up."  Reed says they have received numerous calls, cards, and letters.


        Jeffrey joined the Army as a military police officer after graduating from L.C. Bird High School in August 2004 and had been assigned to the 411th Military Police Company since January 2007.  He deployed to Iraq in January 2008 in support Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was 15 days away from completing his second 15-month tour in Iraq.  His brother, SGT Christopher Reed, 25, is a chemical weapons specialist serving in Afghanistan.

        SGT Reed’s decorations and awards include the Bronze Star (Meritorious Service), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge (wheeled vehicle).


        Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Ashley Robbins Reed; parents, Mark and Mary Reed; sister, Cynthia Reed; brother, Sgt. Christopher Reed; grandmother, Ruth Russell Manus; uncles, George Reed, T.G. Manus and wife, Margie; Bobby Manus and wife, Jenny; father-in-law, Michael Robbins and wife, Cathy and children; mother-in-law, Patricia Davis and husband, Jeffery, and children; grandmother-in-law, Louise Robbins; and many other relative, friends and fellow soldiers. 

        To keep him in their memory, the family established a scholarship fund in his name, the Jeffrey A. Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund.  "We wanted to keep him in our memory through helping graduating seniors from L.C. Bird who might need a little extra money going to college," said Jeff's father, Mark Reed.  Contributions can be sent to the Jeffrey A. Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 55, Chesterfield, VA  23832.

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