Sgt. Jonathan J. Simpson
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006
QUEBEC -- A U.S. Marine sergeant who was born in Canada and died during U.S. combat operations in Iraq was buried Tuesday in Quebec, where his mother lives.
Marine Sgt. Jonathan J. Simpson, of Rockport Texas, died Oct. 14 in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. According to his father, who also lives in Rockport, Simpson was born in Canada and held dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.
The 25-year-old apparently grew up in Montreal, but according to relatives, went to visit his father in Texas and never returned to Canada.
Corpus Christi Caller Times -- Sgt. Jonathan J. Simpson, 25, of Rockport, died Saturday during combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
Jonathan Simpson was born in Quebec, where his mother still resides, but he lived with his father before he enlisted in the Marines in 2001. Simpson said his son had dual citizenship.
"I watched him and he looked at every face - that's a Marine," Simpson said, adding that his son, who once was on the dean's list at Del Mar College, had dreams of owning land in the Coastal Bend after he finished his service. "He loved his country, he loved Texas. He was a good soldier."
Simpson said services likely will be in Quebec.
Fellow Marine Brad Kealiher, who lives in Wisconsin, met Jonathan Simpson in San Antonio where they were stationed in 2002.
"He was a little different, being that he grew up in Canada, but the first thing I noticed was he was smart with bookwork and math," said Kealiher, who was honorably discharged the same day his friend shipped off to Iraq.
After being stationed apart, the two friends reunited in San Diego, Calif., in January.
"We did a lot of barbecuing, sitting in my garage in lawn chairs, listening to music and talking about what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives," he said.
Kealiher said he, Jonathan and Frank Simpson went camping just before Jonathan left. During the trip, Kealiher, who served three tours in the Middle East, told his friend what to expect in Iraq. Simpson was unfazed.
"He was in the same mindset we all were - you're not really scared. You're going into it and willing to accept whatever life throws at you."