Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby died June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan when his MH-47D Helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations.
He was born September 2, 1983 in Florida. A native of Pompano, Fla., Jacoby graduated high school in 2002.
He enlisted in the Army in October 2002 as a heavy helicopter repairman. He attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Va.
In May 2003, Jacoby was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Training Company and upon completion of the Basic Mission Qualification Course was assigned as a helicopter repairman for 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). In February 2004 he was reassigned within the battalion to Company B as a CH-47D flight engineer.
Jacoby's military schools include the Survival Evade Resist Escape Level-C Course, the Basic Mission Qualification Course and the Heavy Helicopter Repairman Course. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Army Aviation Crewmember Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, an Air Medal with Valor device and the Combat Action Badge.
Jacoby is survived by his parents, Stephen and Susan, of Pompano, Fla.
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