Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld enlisted in the Army when she graduated from high school in June 2002, following in the footsteps of her father and brother. Her mother said she desperately tried to talk her daughter out of it.
"She said, `I know, Mom, but I have to do this ... I want to keep up the family tradition.''" Mary Bosveld said.
Bosveld, 19, of Waupun, Wis., died Oct. 26 in an attack at a police station near Baghdad. She was stationed with the military police in Germany.
When she first got to Iraq, she was ready to "kick butt," said her father, Marvin Bosveld. But after eight months in the sands of Iraq, barely surviving a roadside ambush and patrolling anti-American riots, she had had enough.
"More and more people want us to go home," she wrote to her father. "Believe me, we want to go home."
Marvin Bosveld and his former wife, Mary, were foster parents to Rachel who came to them as a neglected baby. The couple adopted her.
Craig Bosveld described his sister as an artist who loved to draw forest scenes, play her violin and act in her high school drama club. She hoped one day to become a graphic artist.