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1st. Lt. Jacob N. Fritz View/Sign Guest Book
1st. Lt. Jacob N. Fritz

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Age:   25
Hometown: Verdon, NE
Date of Death: 1/20/2007
Incident Location: Karbala, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: 1st. Lt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat
Unit's Base: Fort Richardson, Alaska

Jacob N. Fritz often described himself as a farm boy. Karen Mezger, a family friend and Fritz's former guidance counselor, recalled Fritz bringing home some classmates to his farm and introducing city-boy cadets to milking cows. "He wanted to have a career in the Army and, more than anything, come back here and be a gentleman farmer," Mezger said. Fritz, 25, of Verdon, Neb., was killed Jan. 20 in an attack in Karbala. He was a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and was assigned to Fort Richardson. In high school, the stocky Fritz was a three-sport athlete, a baritone player in the honor band and active in anti-drug-abuse organizations in his school and statewide. He worked summers as a lifeguard at a municipal pool and organized drug-free parties and dances. "He was a great kid, great student, great athlete," said John Eickhoff, his former principal. "If I had a school full of Jacob Fritzs, I wouldn't have had to do anything. He never caused trouble. He took his work seriously. Just a top-notch student." He is survived by his parents, Lyle and Noala.
Source: Associated Press
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