Funeral services will be held Saturday, for a Wisconsin soldier with family in Lubbock.
Sgt. Louis A. Griese, 30, died on October 31 in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle north of Samarra, according to the Department of Defense.
Griese was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, out of Fort Campbell, Ky., the Pentagon said.
Griese is survived by his wife of six years, Stephanie, and their four month old daughter, Skylar. His brother-in-law Mark, and wife Cheryl, are Lubbock residents.
Griese's mother, Susan Frihart of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, said he joined the Army soon after graduation from high school in 1996. She said he wanted to be like his father, the late John Griese, who served in the Army. He left in September, for his third tour in Iraq.
"He didn't really want to go this time," said Frihart. "He didn't want to leave that newborn baby, but he left because that was his duty."
Frihart said she last saw her son when he was between tours last fall, and she just missed talking with him a few weeks ago.
"He had called. I missed him by maybe 10 minutes."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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