Local woman mourns for son who died in Iraq

The body of Army Sgt. Curt E. Jordan Jr., 25, of Greenacres, Wash. is shipping home from overseas this weekend or early next week.

According to his mother, eight-year Silverdale resident Linda Taylor, the Department of Defense wants to perform an autopsy, likely at a United States base in Germany. Jordan apparently collapsed and died of asphyxiation, Dec. 28, near Bayji, Iraq, while on guard duty. It is not clear what exactly caused his death.

He was not killed in combat, said military officials. It is not known when or if autopsy results will be made public.

Jordan was part of ground troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion Corps, Wheeled, 555th Combat Engineer Group, based in Fort Lewis, Wash.

Concerning the autopsy, Mrs. Taylor said “We have to know.” She said he’ll then be cremated and “given full military honors” at a ceremony held in Greenacres near Spokane. There may be a family ceremony here, as well, since the enlisted man has family here and was stationed at Fort Lewis, added his mother.

Mrs. Taylor was interviewed Tuesday, Dec. 30. The soldier’s father, Curt Sr., in Greenacres, could not be reached.

“Growing up,” said Curt’s Mom, “he was a handful ... but being the eldest child, after the divorce (from Curt Sr.) he sort of became the ‘man of the house.’”

This was while he was growing up in Eastern Washington. His mother eventually remarried, and moved to Silverdale. The younger Curt decided to stay with his father.

The deceased’s wife, Kim, is declining interviews at this time, said Mrs. Taylor. He is survived by a 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.

“I look at the baby boy ... he looks so much like his father,” said Linda Taylor. “The resemblance is so striking, I see Curt all over again.

“The 6-year-old (girl) is doing OK. She understands that just because the body will be gone, it doesn’t mean the spirit is gone.”

And in addition to his wife and parents, he has a brother and sister. The sister is married to a sailor, said Taylor.

His mother is particularly thankful that they had a last conversation with him via videophone, Friday, Dec. 26.

Curt Jordan Jr. joined the Army in 2000. His duties at the time of death included guarding munitions and investigating possible bombs and explosives, said his mother.

He reportedly has been serving in Iraq since April. He died in Bayji, north of Tikrit.

Jordan attended school in Spokane. His younger brother, Adam Jordan, 21, joined the Army after attending CK schools, and was also stationed near Tikrit.

“I support the troops over there,” said Curt’s mother. “I may not agree with the war, but we have to support our troops.”

She said she “gets irate” when there are war protests, because protesters seem to protest the soldiers as well as the war.

He is the second soldier, with Kitsap connections, to die during the war. Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, was killed with nine other Marines near An Nasiriyah March 23, 2003 by Iraqi troops, according to reports.

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