Please read the entire LA Times article about Army Specialist Ian T.D. Gelig here, find more at Freedom Remembered and at Military Times. Specialist Gelig's local paper covers his death here.
"We wouldn't tell people he was here because we wanted to hang out with him," said his younger sister, Vanessa, 21, who was sitting in the family living room, photographs of her brother adorning the walls and tabletops.
Gelig, 25, was killed March 1 when a suicide bomber drove into his convoy in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border.
On the day he died, Gelig took the more exposed position of gunner to fill in for a sick comrade. Among his many awards and decorations was the Bronze Star.
Remembered both for his quiet spirituality and gregarious sense of humor, Gelig died with rosary beads in his pocket and dreams of following his mother and father into the nursing profession when his Army hitch was up.
His gift for coaxing smiles from frowns would have been ideal for nursing, Gelig's loved ones say.
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