Peoria Marine Jared Shipp, 22, breaks pelvis, pubic bone in non-combat accident

Andy Kravetz

Ron Shipp wanted to hear from his Marine son who had arrived in Iraq less than two weeks ago, but the call he got wasn’t what he wished.

It was Tuesday evening when he heard Jared, a reservist with Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, was injured while recovering three vehicles in the Iraqi desert.

"He had only been there for 10 days so the first call I got was that he was injured," said Ron Shipp, a former Peoria police captain who is now the chief of police in Taylorville. "He said he got in between a couple of vehicles, broke some bones and will be laid up for a couple of three months."

First Sgt. Casey Samborski confirmed Jared Shipp, 22, of Peoria, had been injured sometime late Monday or early Tuesday morning. Through official channels details remained sketchy, but Ron Shipp said his son had been on a mission to swap out three vehicles with three others.

The Marines were about five and a half hours from their base at Taqaddum, located in the Anbar Province in western Iraq. They had arrived at the destination around midnight in near total darkness.

"He was asked to get one of the vehicles coupled up, and either they forgot where he was at or didn’t know, and he got pinched in between them," Ron Shipp said.

Jared suffered a fractured pelvis and a fractured pubic bone. He was stabilized at the scene and then treated at a hospital at Taqaddum before going to another base. There was no spinal cord injury and none of his major organs or blood vessels were damaged. He’s expected to make a full recovery, his father said.

Ron Shipp said his son will likely be going to a hospital in Germany for therapy and rehabilitation for up to 10 weeks. After that, a decision will be made on whether he will return to Iraq or come home, Ron Shipp said.

Jared, a 2003 Notre Dame graduate, joined up with the Marines in January 2006, after talking with several of his friends who had served. He had planned on attending Illinois Central College this fall, until his unit was mobilized. His father, a career police officer, said he’s proud of his son’s choice.

"He wanted to join, he was 21, and that’s his option. I supported his decision and am damn proud he joined the Marine Corps," Shipp said.

Samborski said Jared Shipp was a mechanic with the Peoria County-based reserve unit.

Since the accident, Ron Shipp and his wife have been in near daily contact with their son, a perk afforded to GIs who have been wounded. The phone calls help, Ron Shipp said, and ease his mind, but he still remembers having to call his wife, who was working in Chicago.

"She had a very hard time with it. It took her three minutes to be able to speak after she heard," he said. "Once she was able to talk to him, it’s a lot easier to take."

Roughly half of Company C was activated in June for up to one year. It’s the unit’s third major deployment since 2003.

Andy Kravetz can be reached at (309) 686-3283 or akravetz@pjstar.com.