ORWIGSBURG— Military officials said Tuesday that 29-year-old Army Captain Jason Jones of Orwigsburg has died.
According to the Department of Defense, he died Monday after a small arms fight near Jalalabad, Afghanistan
“It really makes you appreciate what you have. We’re playing and all the boys are having a good time, a real exciting game and it really just makes you appreciate what you have knowing there are people out there who are fighting for us like that,” said Bill Holler of Orwigsburg.
At the Little League field in Orwigsburg, there were folks who knew Jones.
They did not want to speak on camera. The flag was at half-staff in his honor.
At one point a rainbow appeared over the field.
“It’s devastating, and it does make you appreciate your family and simple things like the Little League baseball we watched here,” said Brandon Steely of Orwigsburg.
Elsewhere in the borough, a memorial with a wreath and picture of Captain Jones was displayed.
Military officials said Jones was a special forces commander and on his second overseas deployment.
He leaves behind his wife and parents.
“To hear that someone who has accomplished so much is over is fighting for us again, really thankful for people like that and really unfortunate that it happened,” said Holler.