Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Jean Paul Medlin

Pelham, Alabama

May 19, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Sgt

1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

From The Birmingham News, Alabama.com 05/23/07:

Ala. soldier among 6 killed in roadside bombing in Iraq
5/23/2007, 1:55 p.m. CDT
The Associated Press 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Sgt. Jean Paul Medlin finished a stint in the Marines and then felt compelled to rejoin the military again after the United States invaded Iraq, opting for the Army this time.

On Saturday, the 27-year-old soldier from Trussville was among six U.S. troops killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.

Medlin, who had been a Marine sniper, was a skilled soldier and would have survived the bombing had he not been in a vehicle, said father Ronnie Medlin.

"If he had been on foot it never would have happened; he was smart tactically," his father told The Birmingham News in a story Wednesday.

Tommy Tyler met Medlin in the second grade and the two later served together as Marines. After the service, Medlin moved to Pelham and enrolled in Jefferson State Community College, Tyler said. But Medlin decided to return to the military, joining the Army, after fighting began in Iraq.

"He just couldn't take it anymore; he had to go," Tyler said. "He wanted to fight for his country on the front lines."

Medlin went to Iraq in October with members of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas.

Jeff Hendrix, a former teammate of Medlin's, said Medlin seemed to prefer military service to civilian life.

"He seemed happy being around his family and all, but he didn't seem as happy," Hendrix said.

He put all of his heart into his military service, Medlin's sister, Silvia Medlin, said.

During his military career, Medlin obtained several medals, including the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terror (Service) Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

Funeral arrangements had not been made as of Tuesday, but Medlin will likely receive a Marine send-off.

"He died as an Army soldier, but he always said he wanted to be remembered as a Marine," Tyler said.

From Birmingham AL, NBC13.com 05/29/07:

Local Soldier?s Body Returns Home

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 12:08 PM Updated: 12:02 AM

By NBC 13 Staff

The body of a Trussville native killed in Iraq returns to Alabama.
27-year-old Army Sgt. Paul Medlin casket arrived Tuesday at the Birmingham airport around 4:00 P.M.
Sgt. Medlin died when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Western Baghdad.

He served both in the Marines and the Army after graduating from Hewitt Trussville High School.

Sgt. Medlin's body was taken to a Trussville funeral home where it will await burial at the Forrest Crest cemetary in Irondale.
The family tells NBC13 funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.

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