38, of Houlton, Maine; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; died Dec. 14, 2007 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire.
On August 16, 2015, Justin and Jessica Cloukey of Lincoln, Maine met with Jon’s brother and sister-in-law, Win and Janice Lowery. Together they discussed Jon and the tribute stone they selected to represent their fallen family member.
“The stone was retrieved from the shore of Drew’s Lake in Linneus (near Houlton) at the family camp. We found it near a memorial created for Jon by his brother Mike. The stone is granite, tough and resilient like Jonathan.”
Jon grew up in Houlton and wanted to be a soldier from an early age. He played “Army” with his childhood friends. He joined the Maine National Guard at age 17 and attended UMPI for a couple of years after high school graduation. In 1990, during Desert Shield, he enlisted in the Army full time. He deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Desert Storm and eventually became a tank commander. For most of his career he was based at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He had been an Intelligence Analyst, Howitzer Chief, Drill Sergeant, Gunnery Sergeant, and Senior Drill Sergeant. He had deployments to Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay. In 2003, Jon deployed to Khanaqin, Iraq with the 1-17 Field Artillery out of Ft. Sill. Their mission was to train Iraqi Civil Defense Forces. The troops were welcomed by the local Kurdish population. Jon was touched by the poverty he saw and shared the candy from his “care packages” with the local children.
In 2007, a year away from retirement, Jon volunteered for one last deployment. As a drill sergeant, he felt guilty about sending his young recruits to war while staying behind in safety. With the 3/3rd ACR out of Fort Hood, he was sent to Mosul. Win got to see him one last time when his plane refueled at BIA. He was killed a few weeks later.
Jon had two sons, Sean and Dawson, who were 11 and 8 at the time of his death. He loved them more than anything else in life. The absences imposed by Army life were emotionally painful for him. They have grown into fine young men and he would be tremendously proud of them. We are participating in the Summit Project for them as well as for their father.
The family received online condolences from several of the men Jon trained. A common theme was that he was tough but fair and had a huge heart. More than one stated, “he helped shape the man I am today.”