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Column - March 29, 2013

Dedication tomorrow to honor Pleasanton soldier killed in Afghanistan

by Jeb Bing

A memorial garden will be dedicated at 11 a.m. tomorrow in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Jameson Lindskog, a Pleasanton resident and combat medic who died while providing first aid to other troops in his squadron during a firefight in Afghanistan two years ago, on March 29, 2011.

The memorial is next to the headquarters of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, which is located near the Bernal Avenue bridge over the Arroyo del Valle.

It's a fitting location since the fire department provides emergency assistance to local residents which Spc. Lindskog was also trained to do as a medic. The garden also is just a few blocks from the home of his mother, Donna Walker, who will be part of tomorrow's dedication.

Born in 1987, he would have turned 24 years old on May 24, and was scheduled to be deployed back to the U.S. in a few weeks and to go off active duty the following year. He was last home right after the Christmas holidays in 2011, leaving to report back to his unit in Afghanistan that January.

He 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 2005. 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 medical technician assigned to the 101st Airborne unit out of Fort Campbell, Ky., at the time of his death.

He received the 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.

Spc. Lindskog was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan's Konar Province. He was one of six "Screaming Eagle" soldiers killed by small arms fire that day, all of whom were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

For his heroism, he also was awarded the Silver Star. In making that presentation, the Army said in a report provided to Donna Walker that Spc. Lindskog "distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as a Platoon Medic." According to the report, her son was serving as the assigned medic as his third platoon maneuvered in an enemy clearance operation when it was ambushed from multiple directions and was pinned down. During the initial contact, there were three casualties.

Spc. Lindskog, at great personal risk and with heavy enemy fire overhead, bounded to the wounded soldiers, reached the ambushed men and began first aid treatment. As he started, he was struck just under the left arm by an enemy round that lodged in his chest. Slumped to his side, and even though he was mortally wounded, he continued to instruct his fellow soldiers on how to treat his wounds and give care to others until he died.

Donna Walker said she has exchanged emails and phone calls with a number of the surviving members of her son's unit and with the parents of the other five soldiers killed alongside her son. These communications have given her more information about his work as a medic and the many friends he had while serving. The unit renamed and dedicated its medical support facility as the Jameson Lindskog Aid Station and has also posted a plaque in his memory.

She said that the Pleasanton memorial garden will give her added appreciation that her son's service and sacrifice in Afghanistan will not be forgotten.

A local landscape contractor is donating approximately $5,000 in materials, including a fountain and labor to construct the memorial garden. A wood bench has been donated by a company in Livermore along with a concrete base for a plaque. The VFW has pledged $500 toward the garden memorial. Other contributors include the Pleasanton American Legion, $200; Pleasanton Military Families, $200; AUSA, $200; and the Masonic Lodge, $200.