Spc. Robert Allen Wise Spc. Robert Allen Wise, 21, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. EST today at the National Guard Armory, 1225 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee. Burial will be at 11 a.m. EST Monday at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Godby High School Air Force JROTC, 1717 W. Tharpe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303. Spc. Wise was a member of the Florida Army National Guard, serving with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry. Spc. Wise was born Aug. 6, 1982, in Key West. He attended Gerald Adams Elementary School and Horace O'Bryant Middle School. During his time in Key West, he played city league T-ball, baseball, basketball and soccer. In each of his three years in middle school, he was a performer with the Horace O'Bryant Middle School Circus of the Kids. Moving to Tallahassee in June 1996, Spc. Wise attended Amos P. Godby High School. During his time at Godby, he was a member of the cross-country track team, the junior varsity and varsity soccer teams and was equipment manager for the women's volleyball teams. He became very active in the Air Force JROTC program at Godby during his freshman year. He was a member of the drill team during his time in JROTC, attended summer programs at Camp Blanding and attained the rank of cadet colonel during his senior year. He was the Cadet Corps commander of the program at the time of his graduation in May 2000. Spc. Wise enlisted as a member of the Florida Army National Guard shortly before his graduation from Godby and began his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., in August 2000. He graduated basic training in December 2000, returning to Tallahassee. While serving in the Florida Army National Guard, he was employed locally by Graybar Electric Co. Spc. Wise was called to active duty twice, Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, he was activated for several months and was called to duty again Jan. 2, 2003. His unit was mobilized to Fort Stewart, Ga., on Jan. 5, 2003, and was deployed to Kuwait on Feb. 15, 2003. Spc. Wise is survived by his father, David B. Wise of Summerland Key; his mother, Tammy L. Wise of Tallahassee; his sister, Leilani Marie Wise-Hildinger of Tallahassee; a niece and nephew, Cheyenne Rose Hildinger and Dylan Michael Hildinger, both of Tallahassee; and his godson, Michael Allen Wright, born Sept. 18. He is also survived by his maternal great-grandfather, Guido Roche; his maternal grandmother, Diana Justice Hortter; and his paternal grandparents, Charles and Helen Wise.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Nov. 18, 2003.