HONORING HOMETOWN HERO
Jason Calo, a 2005 graduate of Mancelona High School and sergeant with the U.S. Marine, was killed in action on August 22, 2010 while supporting combat operations in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of Sergeant within three years of joing the U.S.M.C. Thousands of people holding the U.S. flag lined the streets from Traverse City, where his remains were returned at Cherry Capital Airport, and escorted through the miles to Mortensen Funeral Home in his hometown of Mancelona.
Of course, there was a great deal of media coverage. Newspapers, television and radio stations were in Mancelona interviewing family and friends, sharing memories of Jason. Local organizations, especially the VFW and American Legion, all participated and offered their support to the Calo family.
A Memorial Service held at Mancelona High School was standing room only. Sgt. Calo was the recipient of numerous medals including Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was 23-years-old when he died and left behind a wife and two young children.