Ensign O-1E Jerry O. “Buck” Pope II



Ensign Jerry “Buck” O. Pope II, a 35-year-old Navy SEAL, was killed on October 15, 2002, in a traffic accident in Yemen while serving his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pope was assigned to the Intelligence Department at the Ameri­can Embassy in Yemen and was participating in a training exercise with the Yemeni Special Forces.

Jerry Pope was born on October 2, 1967, in Tallahassee, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 14, 1987, and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in April 1990. Pope then served with SEAL Teams Four and Eight, prior to receiving medical training, becoming a Corpsman, and then serving as an instructor at several bases.  He later attended further medical training, followed by service at the Naval School of Health Services. His final assignment was as a Medical Officer with a Joint Operations Task Force in Yemen from August 2002 until he was killed on October 17, 2002.

Family and friends celebrated his life on October 21, 2002, at the Na­val Amphibious Base, Little Creek Chapel in Norfolk, Virginia, and again on October 30 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico Chapel in Quantico, Virginia. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on November 21, 2002, where family, friends, and teammates said their final farewells to their fallen hero.

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