Hundreds pay tribute to Pleasanton GI killed in Afghanistan
Veterans hall filled to capacity as family, friends, fellow soldiers, veterans remember Specialist Lindskog
A capacity crowd of mourners filled the Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday to pay tribute to Army Specialist Jameson Lynn Lindskog, an Army medic who was killed March 29 in Afghanistan's Konar Province.
He was the son of Donna Walker of Pleasanton and Curtis Lindskog of Livermore, who both remembered their son at the hour-and-a-half-long service. Others who spoke at the service included Specialist Lindskog's brother Ken Nekotani and his sister Mrs. Candace Khattab.
Many, who could not find seats in the main hall of the Veterans Building, stood in the lobby or outside the building where the city of Pleasanton had placed loudspeakers. A large American flag flew from the top of a Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department ladder raised across Main Street, which was closed in front of the Veterans Building during the service.
The solemn service started with tributes to Specialist Lindskog and ended with a long line of veterans filling the center aisle for 20 minutes as they individually said goodbye to their comrade, whose portrait was posted on the stage. Each veteran then stopped to salute the parents, Mrs. Walker and Curtis Lindskog, who sat with their families in the front row.
Remembrances by Specialist Lindskog's fellow soldier in Afghanistan, First Sergeant Randy Wright, and a slide show of family photos of their son over the 23 years of his life left few dry eyes in the packed auditorium.
Born in 1987, Specialist Lindskog would have turned 24 years old on May 25. He was scheduled to be deployed back to the U.S. next month and due to be discharged next year.
He was one of six "Screaming Eagle" soldiers killed by small arms fire, all of whom were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Among others paying tribute to Specialist Lindskog at Saturday's memorial service were Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), Pleasanton Councilman Jerry Thorne and Major General Lloyd Miles, deputy commanding general of the Army's I Corps.
Specialist Lindskog attended Pleasanton Middle School and his freshman year at Amador Valley High School. In 2003, he transferred to Orion Academy near Moraga, where he graduated in 2006. From there, he enrolled in the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville where he became a licensed massage therapist.
He enlisted in the Army and was a medic assigned to the 101st Airborne unit out of Fort Campbell, Ky., at the time of his death.
He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star. Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.