Dayton Area Soldier Killed in Action, Receives High Honor

Oct 28, 2011

On November 14th in 2010, twenty-five year old Army Specialist Jesse Snow of Fairborn was killed fighting Afghan insurgents.  Four other soldiers lost their lives in that battle, but Snow is being credited with saving the lives of three servicemen, and preventing any captures before being fatally wounded.

Because of his actions on the battlefield, the U. S. Army is presenting the Silver Star to Jesse’s family.  Jesse’s father, John Snow, is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.  He says he “always knew Jesse would do something special. ”

John Snow last spoke with his son on Veterans Day – three days before he was killed.  “I said Jesse, what is it? What’s wrong? And he said ‘Dad, we’re going out and it’s gonna be bad.  It’s gonna be real bad Dad. ”

John says that after 9/11, young Jesse vowed his service to the military – then, after graduating and moving through several jobs, he followed through on that promise in 2009.

Snow believes, the service gave Jesse a sense of purpose in life and, even though he died, his son truly believed in what he was doing.  Snow added that he and his wife are “going to be real proud to be with them [fellow soldiers at the ceremony] and to accept the award on Jesse’s behalf. ”

The Silver Star is the nation’s third highest honor for valor.  The medal was presented to the snow family at a public ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patt.  The city of Fairborn named October 28th in honor of Jesse Adam Snow.