A 32-year-old Norfolk-native, husband and father of two children and two step-sons died March 29 at the military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from wounds he received in Iraq.
Army Sgt. Jevon K. Jordan was hurt March 23 in Abu Jassim when his military vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb. He was deployed with the Fort Stewart, Ga.-based 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
Since the U.S. invaded in 2003, more than 4,000 American troops have been killed in Iraq, according to Defense Department statistics. More than 50 of them had ties to Hampton Roads.
By Thursday morning, more than 29,600 troops had been wounded in Iraq with just more than 16,000 recovering and returning to duty, according to the Defense Department.
Jordan attended Granby High School in Norfolk for three years before transferring and graduating from Virginia Beach's Salem High School in 1994. Before heading out of Hampton Roads and enlisting in the Army, Jordan studied political science at Tidewater Community College. He became a soldier in 2003 and was stationed at Fort Stewart in 2006.
His combat team deployed to Iraq late last year and was expected to be in the Middle East for 15 months.
"I'm about making it in life," Jordan wrote on his MySpace page. "I have big dreams for me and my kids."
With his widow, Michelle Jordan, Sgt. Jordan has a daughter, Michelle Jevontae Jordan, a son, Tony Jordan, and two step-sons, Cory and Zakees Baker. Jordan was a "firm believer in working for yourself" and had faith that the "American dream is alive and well...and I plan on living it by any means," according to his online writings.
"Remember a peace of mind is worth more than anything in the world," Jordan wrote. "There is no reason you shouldn't have it."
Jordan's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Graves Funeral Home on 1631 Church St. in Norfolk.
A burial will follow in Suffolk at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.