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Minnesota honors fallen Richfield High graduate

  • Associated Press
  • June 20, 2012 - 3:38 PM

Flags will be flown at half staff Wednesday in honor of a Richfield High School graduate killed in Afghanistan late last month.

Army Specialist Kedith L. Jacobs Jr., 21, died May 27 when his unit was attacked in Chak-E Warkdak District. In addition to the Purple Heart, Jacobs earned the Bronze Star, among other honors.

Jacobs moved from Texas to Minnesota and went to school in Richfield during his junior and senior years, high school officials said. He graduated in 2008.

A governor's proclamation said Jacobs was interested in electronics and enjoyed dismantling and reassembling computers.

He attended Texas Southern University, married and had a daughter, the proclamation said. He joined the Army in June 2010 and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He specialized in communications operations. The Department of Defense listed his home as Denver, Colo.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis L. Jacobs; daughter Alora L. Jacobs; mother Sherry King; father Kedith L. Jacobs Sr.; and brothers Michael G. King and Christian J.L. King.

A visitation was held Tuesday in Texas. A service will be held Wednesday at Dodd Field Chapel at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, followed by interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

PAM LOUWAGIE

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