Jonathan M. Curtis, who was born June 3, 1986 in Cambridge and grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, died from combat wounds inflicted by an enemy’s Improvised Explosive Device on Monday, November 1st, 2010, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

While sacrificing his own life, the heroic actions of Specialist Curtis saved the lives of seven of his fellow soldiers. He was the husband of Samantha Foust Curtis, father to his eight month old daughter, Tessa-Marie Curtis, and the son of Philip and Pamela Curtis. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Burke. Specialist Curtis is also survived by grandparents, Dorothy and Philip C. Curtis, Jr. and Liese Burke; brothers, Brian Andrew Curtis (Anna Churchill) and Paul William Curtis; aunts, Anne Knapp and Marion Usselman; uncles, Peter Curtis, Alan Curtis and Arthur Burke; niece, Cecily Curtis; nephew, Kyle Curtis; sisters-in-law, Olivia and Candice Foust. Specialist Curtis will also be missed by many other family members and numerous friends.

Specialist Curtis was recently inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault.

  • Rank: Specialist
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 June 1986
  • Date of death: 1 November 2010
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Cambridge, MA
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
  • Conflict: Afghanistan
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Comb
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Highland Memorial West Cemetery, Cedar Bluff, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXV, Top Panel
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