Lance Cpl. Jesse Shope

Age: 20

Assignment: Jesse is a Marine reservist with Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, based in Folsom, Delaware County. His unit builds bridges and supports combat troops. When his family last heard, he was in Iraq doing humanitarian work.

Hometown: Bethlehem

High School: Liberty High School, Class of 2000

Family: Mother Vicky Kassis; sister Sarah Shope; nephew Dakotah Shope; stepfather Jim Matus, a former Marine who served in Vietnam; fiance Tasha Bernardo; grandparents Charles and Joan Volkert.

Worth noting: Jesse works at Reeb Millwork in Bath. His cousin, Lance Cpl. Chuck Volkert, is also serving in the Iraq war.

Favorite pastime: Watching action movies and doing detail work on his car, a Hyundai Accent.

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