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Granville County man honors sister with West Point achievement

Posted July 5, 2010

The Fourth of July weekend had special patriotic poignancy for a Granville County man preparing for the next step in his service to his country.

2nd Lt. Jason Sexton, a graduate of West Point, was packing his bags for Fort Sill, Okla.

Jason has always shown promise, his mother Doreen Sexton said. “He just tried to learn everything he can and go the extra mile,” she said.

He played football and in the marching band. He became an Eagle Scout and served in Junior ROTC.

“I am his No. 1 fan," Doreen Sexton said.

Jason  Sexton is the youngest of three children and the only boy. His oldest sister, Leslie, always prodded him to be his best, their mother said.

“She would brag: ‘My brother is going to be something. He is going some where. he's really smart,'” her mom recalled.

Three months before her high school graduation, Leslie Sexton was killed in a car crash. Jason was 14.

His parents came to him to hold the family together.

“We need you to be strong, to hold us together,” he says they told him.

Jason Sexton decided to honor his sister by living up to her image of him. He worked hard, studied and applied to the United State Military Academy.

In his application, he wrote of his devotion to Leslie. “I made her a promise that I would settle for nothing than the best ... I will not let her down,” he wrote.

Granville man honors sister with military success Granville man honors sister with military success

His acceptance at West Point is a major accomplishment. Jason is the first in his family to graduate beyond high school.

Doreen Sexton saved the letters of congratulations he received from Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University basketball coach, and former presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.

Jason Sexton attributes his success to his humble upbringing in rural Granville County.

“Growing up, we didn't have much. I had my family and I had my community and that's all we needed to get by,” he said.

With his military training comes an added layer of community.

“Now that I'm in the service, I'm defending that red white and blue,” he said. “It's for my mom, my dad, my sister, my friends. I'm not trying to fight a war, I'm trying to protect what's mine, and what's mine is part of a state, part of a country, and part of a dream, part of an ideal. I'm looking forward to putting on a uniform and doing what I can for this country.”

When Jason Sexton finishes his training in Oklahoma, he will be stationed at Fort Bragg.

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  • colliedave Jul 6, 2010

    This young man sounds like he is heading for greater things. I would not be surprised if he becomes part of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That is probably the most prestigious post in the military. yabo2k3

    Some years ago I went to DC with two other friends for a Promise Keeper rally. We flew up a few hours early so we could do some site-seeing before the start of the event. We were at the Tomb when it starting to pour down rain. While the crowds ran for shelter, the honor guard kept on as if nothing had changed. Wish we could get people in political office with this type of attitude.

  • iwasjustsaying Jul 6, 2010

    God Bless him and his family. I'm sure his sister is smiling down at him :o)

  • wjcspanteach Jul 6, 2010

    Having taught Jason, I can honestly say he is an amazing person who has always been driven for greatness. Those of us who are honored to have had the privilege of working with him are truly proud of him!

  • ttc248 Jul 6, 2010

    It is amazing what can be accomplished when someone believes in us so much that they convince us to believe in ourselves. Congratulations to this young man and his family. And a special thanks to him as he joins hundreds of thousands of others who choose to to serve in the Armed Forces. God bless.

  • yabo2k3 Jul 6, 2010

    This young man sounds like he is heading for greater things. I would not be surprised if he becomes part of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That is probably the most prestigious post in the military.

  • Daisygirlforever Jul 5, 2010

    This is truly an inspirational story about family, honor and what America is all about!