UPDATE: Remembering a Milford soldier who died in Iraq

Jacob Dohrenwend
Jacob Dohrenwend

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

Specialist Dohrenwend's body will be returned to the area Wednesday.  A processional will then travel from Lunken Airport, along Wilmer Avenue onto Beechmont Avenue, merging on SR 32, heading left on Church Street/Newtown Road, right on Wooster Pike/SR 50 into Milford, to the Craver-Riggs Funeral Home, located at 529 Main Street in Milford. Community members are asked to line the processional route to welcome Jacob home.

Service times have been announced for Specialist Jacob Dohrenwend.  Visitation is on Friday, July 2nd, from  5-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 3rd starting at 10 a.m. at Milford First United Methodist Church.

MILFORD, OH (FOX19) - SPC. Jacob Dohrenwend was deployed to Iraq in August 2009 where he worked personal security for the United States Army.

His fellow soldiers said he was like a big brother to them and to the Iraqi children. Back in Milford, where he called home; he leaves behind a 13-year-old brother.

"He looked up to his brother so much," said Amanda Wiley, a friend of Dohrenwend. "His brother was his very best friend and he is having a really hard time with this."

Wiley added she and those close with the family are doing what they can to supportive. She and Leanne Ray worked together with Dohrenwend at Milford Showcase Cinemas.

The girls talked about Dohrenwend's last trip home. He visited in January and was due back home again for leave in five weeks. Wiley and Ray marvel at how the community has really rallied around their fallen hero.

"Amazing," said Ray. "I lost my step-father to the war when it started so to have the support of the community its very important."

"This whole community has been amazing," said Wiley. "Friends of family put ribbons up and flags up everywhere."

Dohrenwend is a 2008 graduate of Milford High School and was part of the ROTC program while in school. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army, and quickly learned how challenging and dangerous being a soldier is.

"What we don't understand is what they go through, and what the stress factor is over there," Ray said. "So when they come back we don't understand and they can only try to adjust to what we think is normal."

But what nobody thought would happen, is that a young, vibrant soldier, Jacob Dohrenwend, would be brought home to be buried.

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