Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary was a motor vehicle operator assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He joined the Marine Corps in January 2002 at the age of 18 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 1, 2008. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March to August 2005 and from April to November 2008. He deployed again, this time to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2009. Sgt. McQueary died February 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He was 27 years old.
Jeremy and his wife Rae met as teenagers and grew up in Columbus, Indiana. They were married in 2004 and have a son, Hadley. They made Nashville, Indiana their home when not on base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sgt. McQueary was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. He comes from a family of service members.
His awards include the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.