Cpl. Jeremy Allbaugh, 21, was killed July 5 in the Al
Anbar province of Iraq, his family said.
“He believed very strongly in what our country’s doing,
and we had just talked to him Tuesday,” his mother,
Jenifer Allbaugh, told The Oklahoman from her home in
Allbaugh is the nephew of Joe Allbaugh, former director
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during
President George W. Bush’s first term in office. A
native of Blackwell, Joe Allbaugh served as Bush’s chief
of staff while he was governor of Texas and later became
part of Bush’s “Iron Triangle” of loyal Texas aides when
Bush was elected president.
Jeremy Allbaugh is the first member of his Marine unit
to die in combat in Iraq, his mother said.
The unit had been in Iraq about four months.
“They were doing good things over there, and we don’t
see that in the news or media,” his mother said.
“There’s a lot of progress being made, she said. “I wish
more people would talk to our boys who are in it and not
our politicians because they see it firsthand. They’re
building schools and hospitals.”
Lt. Jason Allbaugh said his brother “always wanted to be
in the military since I can remember. It’s something he
Jeremy Allbaugh graduated in 2004 from Harrah High
School, where he was a member of the school’s baseball
team, said assistant principal Kenneth Riddle.
“He was a great baseball player, a great student and a
great athlete,” Riddle said.
“We were just saying how fortunate we’ve been to have so
many young men go overseas and serve in the military and
return home, and then this happened.”