20, of Cumberland, Maine; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Aug. 31 in Shuyene Sufia, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jonathan D. Welch and Spc. Tyler R. Walshe.
To honor PFC Jordan Brochu, his mother, Suzanne Brochu retrieved this stone from a stream bed in Bethel, Maine, one of Jordan’s favorite places to visit with his family.
Suzanne Brochu describes why this stone is significant and what it says about her son Jordan.
“As a boy, Jordan M. Brochu was always one ready for an adventure. Each summer, we would travel to the “far” west of Maine to either pan for gold on Swift River or mine for gems near Mt. Mica. With Jordan, every rock was really a gem. This particular rock was one that he discovered in 2003. It was a cold and dreary day that turned to rain. We were calling it quits when he “found” this stone. He was convinced that it was of immense value because of its natural smoothness and its subtle beauty that was only revealed in the rain. We brought it home. Today, it is a reminder of our son, PFC Brochu, who in the midst of a harsh and dreary land showed his immense worth by his willingness to lose his life for another’s freedom.”