Friedberg-based soldier is killed in Iraq
June 30, 2006
BAMBERG, Germany — A Friedberg, Germany-based soldier was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, on Monday, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
Spc. Terry Michael Lisk, of Fox Lake, Ill., died when he and members of his unit, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were hit with indirect fire during combat operations in the volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad.
Lisk, 26, was standing near an intersection in downtown Ramadi when a 120 mm mortar shell landed 30 yards away, the New York Times reported. The shell flung a chunk of steel into Lisk’s chest beneath his right arm. He stopped breathing and died minutes later in the care of Army medics, an embedded reporter from the Times wrote.
Lisk was posthumously awarded the rank of sergeant and awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge, officials said.
“Anybody who knows him knows that there’s a void in this world now because he’s not here,” Lisk’s father, Ralph Lisk, an Army veteran, told The Associated Press. “He was just a wonderful guy. He’ll be missed.”
“He wanted everybody to know that the people love Americans over there, and he believed we were helping them,” the father added.
“I don’t know if this war is worth the life of Terry Lisk, or 10 soldiers, or 2,500 soldiers like him,” Col. Sean MacFarland, 1st BCT commander, was quoted as saying by the New York Times. “What I do know is that he did not die alone. He was surrounded by friends.”
A memorial service for Lisk, who is the father of a 7-year-old girl, will be held July 7 at the Ray Barracks chapel in Friedberg. Lisk had previously been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.