Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Army Spc. Jacob J. Fairbanks
From: St. Paul, Minn.;
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.;
Incident: Army Spc. Jacob J. Fairbanks died April 9 in Baghdad of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident.
Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — An Army specialist from St. Paul died of injuries suffered in Iraq, the Defense Department reported Friday. He is the 73rd person with strong Minnesota ties to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Spc. Jacob J. Fairbanks, 22, of St. Paul, died Wednesday in Baghdad of injuries the military described as non-combat-related.
Fairbanks was a member of the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment in the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Ky. He had joined the Army in 2004 and was about six months into his second tour in Iraq.
Fairbanks’ family issued a statement that described Fairbanks as a “proud member of the Leech Lake Band of…