John Carl Anderson Albrecht, 48, passed away peacefully, with family and friends by his side on April 20, 2013, after an 11-year battle with cancer.|
John was born Dec. 14, 1964, in Bismarck, N.D., the son of Carl and Betty Anderson. He graduated from high school in Lawrence, Kan., and attended college throughout his military and civilian career.
He entered the Army National Guard in 1984, and after serving a year, decided to enter the Army.
John attended U.S. Army Airborne School and became a paratrooper. Later, he was a survey specialist and battalion chief surveyor at Fort Bragg, N.C.
In 1989, he decided his true calling was that of an infantryman and went back to Fort Benning. During his tour in Korea, John met and married his wife, Oki Lee, in Seoul, South Korea, in 1990.
In 1991, he attended Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C., and was reassigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1994. He participated in numerous operations to include Operation Safe Haven, where he jumped into Panama to track down and detain Cuban refugees. From 1997-2000, John was an Army recruiter in Neosho, Mo.
In 2000, he received orders for Alaska, and after 25 months, Sergeant First Class Albrecht was hand picked by the Garrison Command Sergeant Major to become the Fort Wainwright Installation Services NCOIC.
After retiring in 2005, John continued to work at Fort Wainwright as a DPW housing officer for the Department of Defense.
While serving in the Army, John received numerous awards and decorations, to include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal, three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Distinguishing Device, one Bronze Service Star, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Expert Rifleman's Badge, Drill Sergeant I.D. Badge, Recruiter Badge with two Sapphires, and the British Jump Wings.
John deeply touched the lives of many people with his smile and sense of humor. He impressed so many with his selfless dedication to his job, his family, his friends, and his God. He attended First Presbyterian Church regularly, even when he was in pain and had difficulty walking.
John is survived by his wife, Oki; son, John D. Anderson, of West Point, N.Y.; daughter, Kristina Anderson; mother, Betty Chavez; friend, Bryan Borjesson; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins; and his workmates at D.P.W., especially Mae, Cindy, Wolfgang, Jason, Mike Meeks and Col. Ron Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Anderson, and stepfather, Emil Albrecht.
A memorial service for John will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, in Fairbanks.
Memorial contributions can be made to the
and First Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 19, 2013