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Community Pays Respect To Fallen Marine

Last updated on Thursday, September 13, 2012

(UNDATED) - Communities in Southern Indiana paid their respects as a fallen Marine travelled to his final resting place Wednesday.

The remains of 21-year-old Alec Terwiske arrived at the Huntington Airport in Dubois County Wednesday morning.

The Northeast Dubois High School graduate died while serving in Afghanistan last week.
The community lined the streets to pay tribute to his sacrifice.

This is the second military death this small town has suffered in the past six years.

Visitation will take place in his home town of Jasper Thursday.

This Saturday, there will be a public mass held at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine at 6 p.m.

The County Commissioners have ordered the flags throughout the county to be at half-mast beginning Wednesday, September 12. The State of Indiana will order flags to half-mast on Friday, September 14.

The 21-year-old Marine killed in a minesweeping operation reportedly in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan.

According to the Defense Department in Washington, Lance Corporal Terwiske was in the gunner's chair of the vehicle with other members of his mobile assault company when it struck a roadside bomb.

The explosion caused the vehicle to overturn on top of Terwiske. He was pronounced dead later at a U. S. Military medical facility. Another marine was also killed by the explosion.

Terwiske had volunteered to be the gunner on the minesweeping operation. The gunner is seated on the outside of the vehicle.

The news was delivered to his parents Alan and Sandy Terwiske on Sept. 3rd. He was a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School.

Terwiske joined the Marines in 2010 and left for Afghanistan in April on his first tour of duty.

Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske.jpg

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