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wagen dawg
04-12-2007, 07:46 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen;

He was a great kid, and a fantastic drummer. He kept The Irish in step for many years. Your prayers for him and his family would be appreciated.

Tim Rounds

Hampstead soldier dies in Iraq

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, Apr. 9, 2007

HAMPSTEAD – A U.S. Army Ranger who was the son of Hampstead Middle School’s principal was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq.

Jonathan Grassbaugh, 26, was killed late last week and Patti Grassbaugh learned of his death on Saturday. He was her youngest son.

Students at the school were notified of the death.

“Mrs. Grassbaugh has requested that the family be given the time to mourn and to just keep her family in your thoughts and prayers,” a letter from Owen Harrington, assistant principal, said on the school’s Web site. The letter also was sent home with students.

Jonathan Grassbaugh was sent to Iraq for the second time earlier this winter after a brief visit with his family. His father, Mark Grassbaugh, who was also a Ranger, was away on business when his mother received the news.

Jonathan Grassbaugh attended Hampstead Central School and graduated from Hampstead Middle School. He went on to Phillips Exeter Academy and then to Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the ROTC and graduated as an Army officer, The Eagle-Tribune reported.

He was married last summer. His wife is also an ROTC officer.

“Jonathan was a really great kid,” said Dillard Collins, Central School principal. “I’ve dealt with a lot of kids in my years, and Jonathan was in the top 1 percent. Not only was he smart and an extremely nice kid, he was highly motivated and fully understood the concept of duty and honor, as does his entire family.”

At Hampstead Middle School, school board chairman Natalie Gallo said she cried when she heard of the death.

“It is such a shame, such a waste of such a very intelligent and lovely young man,” she said. “I am heartbroken for Patti and Mark.”