Jordan Shay was raised in Amesbury and graduated from Amesbury High School in 2005. Jordan dreamed of becoming a Massachusetts State Trooper. He enlisted in the US Army in November 2006. Following graduation from Fort Benning, Georgia, Jordan was assigned to Attack Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry in May 2007. He lost his life in Iraq during his second deployment on September 2, 2009.
Jordan was a witty, kind and intelligent young man. He was also very loyal and cared deeply for his family, friends and every dog he met. From a young age, Jordan enjoyed reading and was a prolific writer. While serving in the military, Jordan authored a blog called “Through Amber Lenses” which had begun garnering much attention. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed climbing mountains, hiking in the woods, sailing and diving. He was proud to be a “Parrothead” and attended every Jimmy Buffet concert he could. Jordan was also a very enthusiastic Red Sox fan. The memory of his tattered Red Sox cap that accompanied him on his endless pursuits to live life to the fullest will be forever etched in our memories.
Jordan’s family and friends continue to be so grateful for the generosity and support we have received from Amesbury and the surrounding communities. You continue to comfort and inspire us with your love and care. You have helped us to build an amazing and long-lasting legacy for a treasured young man who died far too soon.
Posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Jordan’s awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal With 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.