September 29, 2012

Jonathan Gollnitz

Sgt. Jonathan A. Gollnitz, age 28, of Fredonia, New York, died on September 26, 2012, in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near his patrol.

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Military officials stated that Jonathan quickly filled a gap in the platoon's junior leadership. Bringing a quiet professionalism to his work, he was able to build a strong team of soldiers that trusted and respected him. He was able to communicate with soldiers on a personal level and would often speak of his son and his plans for the future.

Jonathan attended the Fredonia Central School District through the 11th grade before transferring to Levant Christian School in Falconer, where he graduated in 2003.  Soon after, he joined the military.

He first joined the Navy, where he served for five years.  He then enlisted in the Army and most recently was stationed in Germany.

He had been in Afghanistan for several months and had previsouly been injured. In July of 2012, he injured his leg after jumping out of a Humvee that was under attack.

Family members stated that Jonathan loved his family. 
Light a candle for Jonathan.
Light his way to Heaven.

High school officials describe him as a positive influence in the school and a pleasure to have in class.  

Jonathan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Allen and Kimberly; his brothers - Kirk, Chad, Tyler, Nick and Noah; his ex-wife and their 4 year old son, Lucas. 

Thank you for serving, Jonathan.

Let us pray that Jonathan Gollnitz is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.


Kim Gollnitz said...

A real true Hero.

Anonymous said...

True Hero, Great friend, I last saw him at ft lewis when he came back form his first deployment.