Facility at Texas base named for late reservist from Bay City
BAY CITY--Even after almost five years, a lot of people in Bay City and the surrounding community haven't forgotten Jaime Jaenke. Now, those at a Texas military base aren't likely to forget the late Naval Reservist, either.
The Navy Petty Officer Second Class was killed June 5, 2006, while serving in Iraq when the Humvee in which she was riding was hit by a roadside bomb in the Al Anbar province. The 29-year-old was the first female Naval corpsman ever to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first from Iowa, where she and her family had moved in 2003 after spending 20 years in Pierce County.
Among those left to mourn were her daughter, Kayla (now 13-years-old and a sea cadet) and mother, Susan, who today has custody of the girl. Around Christmas last year, they received a call at their Iowa Falls, Ia., area home from a Captain Westbrook, following up on a letter sent by the Navy and notifying them of a posthumous honor for the sailor, Susan Jaenke said Wednesday.
"I was thinking they were naming just a hallway after her," she said upon learning from the captain her daughter's name and photo were to be on permanent display at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex.
Read more in the print version of the Herald May 11.