Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Australian Soldier dead in Iraq
Private Jacob (Jake) Bruce Kovco was one of Australia's most highly trained and respected snipers.
The 25-year-old father of two was today named as Australia's first fatal casualty in the Iraq conflict - dying from an accidental shot to the head while cleaning a 9mm Browning automatic pistol on Friday afternoon.
He died in a US Army combat surgical hospital where he was surrounded by his mates, who draped his body in an Australian flag and with a paratrooper's beret on his chest as they said the Lord's Prayer.
Private Kovco, who is survived by wife Shelley and two children, Tyrie and Alana, was born in Melbourne and grew up in Victoria.
Jake went to the same high school as i did here in maffra and i had meet him on occasions when he played football at Boisedale football Club I also knew his wife Shelly and I worked with her mother for 3 years.