SGT Jay M. Hoskins, 24, Paris, TX (Afghanistan)
DOD NEWS RELEASE No. 593-09 Dated August 07, 2009
The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
The following Marines died Aug. 6 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan:
Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, N.Y.
Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio, Texas.
Cpl. Christian A. Guzman Rivera, 21, of Homestead, Fla.
Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, of Paris, Texas.
Argentine, Babine and Hoskins were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
Guzman Rivera was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.
For additional background information on Argentine, Babine or Hoskins, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at(808) 257-8870.
For additional background information on Guzman Rivera, news media representatives may contact the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Bases Japan public affairs office at 011-81-611-745-0790 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Hometown Marine dies
By Mary Madewell
Published August 9, 2009
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins, 24, on Thursday became the first Paris native son to make the supreme sacrifice for his country since the war in the Middle East began following the 9-11 attacks in 2001.
It was the 2003 North Lamar High School graduate’s third combat deployment since joining the Marine Corps following high school graduation.
Hoskins, along with two other Marines, were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb while supporting combat operations in Farah province, the Department of Defense said late Friday. The two other Marines were Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale, N.Y. and Lance Cpl. Travis T. Babine, 20, of San Antonio.
The three were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
Hoskins served tours in Iraq in 2004 and in Afghanistan in 2005. While in Iraq, he participated in the Battle of Fallejuh and received a Navy Unit Commendation Medal, given by then President George W. Bush for what his unit accomplished during the assignment.
In 2005, he served seven months in the Toro Boro area in the Afghanistan mountains, receiving his first of two Afghanistan Campaign medals. He also was the recipient of three combat action ribbons, three sea service deployment ribbons, an Iraqi Campaign medal, a Navy Marine Corps Achievement medal, a National Defense Service medal, a Global War On Terror Service medal, a Good Conduct medal and now a Purple Heart along with other pending medals. He received rifle and pistol expert badges and served as a military black belt instructor.
From 2005-2008, he served as a member of a training cadre in infantry tactics for Marine officers at Quanitico Base in Virginia. He returned to Hawaii in January and deployed to Afghanistan in May along with about 1,000 other Marines to Helmand and Farah provinces as part of a surge of 21,000 U.S. troops sent by President Barack Obama.
The Marine leaves behind his wife, Chandler McRae Hoskins, a son, Tristen, 1, and a second child expected to be born in January. He is the son of Michelle Sparks Widner, a dispatcher with the Paris Police Department, and Danny Hoskins, also of Paris. He is the stepson of Chris Widner of Paris and the grandson of the Rev. James Sparks, retired pastor of Gospel Lighthouse Church in Powderly and his grandmother, Carol Sparks. He is survived by two sisters, Amber Young and Chelsie Hoskins, and a brother, Cameron Hoskins, all of Paris.
Family speaks about Hoskins’ life
By Mary Madewell
Published August 9, 2009
A true American hero, humble to the core with an unwavering Christian faith is the description family members give of Paris native son Jay Hoskins.
The U.S. Marine died Thursday, killed by a roadside bomb while traveling in a Humvee with two fellow Marines somewhere in the western desert province of Farah in Afghanistan.
“He was a true American hero,” said mother-in-law Tydette Tisdell of Rockwall. “He was so humble about everything he did because he loved his country so much and believed in what the Marines were doing.”
“He was one of the finest men I have ever met, and was very good at what he was doing,” former U.S. Marine Tim Sparks, formerly of Paris and now of Pittsburg. Pa., said about his nephew. A former Frisco police officer, Sparks now works in federal law enforcement.
Sparks said Hoskins was “a good kid” growing up, spending much time on his grandfather’s farm working cattle, bailing hay and riding horses.
The Rev. James Sparks, his father and his nephew’s grandfather, instilled work ethic and faith in God by example, Sparks said.
The uncle said he taught his nephew how to hunt and use a gun.
“In fact, he probably gravitated to the Marines because of me.” Sparks served from 1986 to 1994.
“We spent hours talking about service to country, and I know he believed he was making a difference in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Sparks said. “He talked about the people living 1,000 years in the past in mud huts.”
His nephew often shared about women bowing as Marines passed by and young children running out to greet them. Hoskins also talked to his uncle about combat.
“At times he told me the fighting would be hand to hand; face to face,” Sparks said. “But he did not let it affect him negatively — he was just doing what he had to do.”
Sparks last talked to his nephew in late July for about two hours.
“He told me things were dangerous. In fact he said he had been hit by a roadside bomb, which rolled his vehicle but he came out without a scratch,” Sparks said. “I know it was not his decision to be riding on a road but he was just following orders like the good Marine he was.”
But it was not about danger the young Marine complained.
“His main complaint was the heat,” Sparks said. “It would be 116 degrees at night when he was trying to sleep and temperatures would reach 130 during the day — just brutal conditions.”
Sparks said Hoskins sometimes shared about how hard it was to be away from his wife and children.
“He knew he might not be around for his wife and two kids,” Sparks said. “He knew that, but he was willing to go anyway because he believed in what he was doing.”
About his nephew’s untimely death, Sparks said, “A brilliant career cut short.” He noted how quickly Hoskins had advanced in rank and that he was up for a promotion to staff sergeant.
“A good man,” Tisdell said time and again about her son-in-law.
“We have the freedoms we enjoy today because of men like Jay Hoskins,” she said. “I just hope people realize the sacrifice he made.”
“There’s a big hole in our family,” Sparks added.
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