Monday, March 24, 2008

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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