Salute to Marine begins Wednesday

Laura Pommier/The Herald
A map of the procession planned for Wednesday in honor of Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske, the Dubois Marine who died in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3 while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. His body is scheduled to arrive at Huntingburg Airport at noon Wednesday.



Herald Staff Writer

The late Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske will return to Dubois County on Wednesday.

His body is scheduled to arrive at Huntingburg Airport at noon, Pat Moriarty, senior vice commandant of the Southern Indiana Leatherneck Detachment of the local Marine Corps League, said Monday. One of Terwiske’s best friends, Lance Cpl. Tyler Lampert of Dubois, is going to Dover (Del.) Air Force Base today to escort the body home.


Terwiske, 21, died in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 3 while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Terwiske was awarded the Purple Heart today for his service to his country. The military decoration is given to members of the armed forces who are wounded or killed in the line of duty. It was presented to each of his parents, Sandy Terwiske of Dubois and Alan Terwiske of St. Anthony.

A procession through the county will commence soon after the arrival at the airport Wednesday, Moriarty said. Those wanting to salute the fallen Marine are asked to line the processional route and hold U.S. flags. To keep congestion to a minimum, people are asked not to go to the airport.

Military color guards participating in the arrival ceremony will meet at the Jasper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at 10 a.m.

From the airport, the processional will travel north on U.S. 231 into Huntingburg. It will then turn onto State Road 64 and go east to St. Anthony Road West, where it will pass the home of Alan Terwiske.

The processional will turn onto Schnellville Road and travel east to Celestine Road, going into Celestine. The processional will run on State Road 545 and then go into Dubois via Fourth Street. It will pass the elementary, middle and high schools as well as the Marine’s home on Main Street before heading to State Road 545 again and continuing to State Road 56 and into Haysville. The processional will then travel south on U.S. 231 to the Becher & Kluesner North Chapel funeral home in Jasper.

Visitation for Terwiske will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Marine Corps. League will conduct a ceremony during visitation. Two Marines will stand guard at the casket until it leaves the funeral home Friday.

Terwiske will be laid to rest Friday morning. The funeral procession will travel South Newton Street and cross under a garrison flag, suspended by firetrucks, as it crosses Veterans Memorial Bridge in Jasper. It will turn onto Brucke Strasse and continue on State Road 164 to St. Celestine Catholic Church for the 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass. He will be buried in the church’s cemetery after the service.

The Jasper VFW and American Legion posts will be open Friday morning for those wanting to stand along the route of the funeral procession.

The Dubois County Commissioners have requested that all flags in the county be lowered to half-staff Wednesday and stay in that position until sunset Friday.

State officials request that Hoosiers across the state lower their flags to half-staff Friday.

The commissioners will close Celestine Road South from Schnellville Road to State Road 164 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The Patriot Guard Riders will participate in the processional and hold flags in a line at the church. Because there could be many riders participating, Commissioners President Larry Vollmer said, the road will be closed to provide additional space for parking.

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