Monday, January 10, 2011

A Fallen Soldier from Festus - 1/10/11

About a mile from my home there is a memorial park and statue of a fallen soldier from Festus.  His name is Andrew Habsieger.  He was killed on March 24, 2008 in Baghdad by an IED.  The land for the memorial was donated from Lowes and a local artist made the statue by carving it from wood with a chainsaw.

I did not know Andrew.  But, I am thankful for his sacrifice to our Country and our freedom.  He paid the ultimate price and should never be forgotten.  I am also attaching a brief article that I found the web about Andrew.  He is the topic of today's picture.  Rest In Peace and thank you.

Army Pfc. Andrew J. Habsieger
Remember Our Heroes
Army Pfc. Andrew J. Habsieger, 22, of Festus, Mo.

Pfc. Habsieger was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died March 24, 2008 in Baghdad from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device on March 23. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Hake, Pfc. George Delgado and Cpl. Jose A. Rubio Hernandez.

Andrew Habsieger, 22, was a standout football player at Festus High School in Festus, Mo., before he enlisted in the Army in 2004.

"He was one of those kids that was always proud to make sacrifices," said Joel Critchlow, Habsieger's football coach. "When he bought into something, he went 110%. There was no halfway with Andy."

Habsieger, who felt compelled to join the military because of the 9/11 attacks, also had a sense of humor. On his MySpace page, he wrote: "I am from a small town in Missouri called Festus. Right now I am visiting the beautiful country of Iraq."
Army Pfc. Andrew J. Habsieger was killed in action on 3/24/08.

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