Soldier’s Gravestone Defaced In Circleville

Soldier's Gravestone Defaced In Circleville (Image 1)

The headstone of a fallen soldier from Circleville was defaced, leaving family members outraged.

Spc. Gerald Robert “Bub” Jenkins was 19-years-old and, according to his father was, 11 days from finishing his first tour when he was killed while serving in Afghanistan on October 20, 2010. NBC4 initially incorrectly reported Jenkins died October 23, 2010. 

He was buried with military honors at Forest Cemetery in Circleville.

Now, family members say someone used what looks like the back end of a claw hammer on Jenkins’ monument, damaging an engraving of his face.

“I can’t believe how sadistic someone can be to do something like this,” Bub’s father, Roger Jenkins told NBC4’s Rick Reitzel.

Circleville police are investigating the desecration.

Anyone with information about who may have damaged the grave is asked to call Circleville police at 740-477-8231. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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