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Marine Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske

Died September 3, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


21, of Dubois, Ind.; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. His parent command was Inspector/Instructor Staff, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Fort Knox, Ky.; died Sept. 3 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Hundreds attend funeral for Marine from southwestern Indiana

The Associated Press

CELESTINE, Ind. — A 21-year-old Marine killed during combat in Afghanistan has been laid to rest near his southwestern Indiana hometown.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at St. Celestine Catholic Church in small town of Celestine for the funeral of Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske. Terwiske was from Dubois, about 100 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

Former high school classmate Eric Himsel told WFIE-TV that saying goodbye to his friend was "one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."

Terwiske was killed in combat Sept. 3 in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was a reservist with a tank battalion based at Fort Knox, Ky., but in Afghanistan he was assigned to a combat engineer battalion.

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