Soldier Honored: Christopher A. Bartkiewicz
Hometown: Dunfermline, Illinois
Branch of Service: Army
Army Specialist Christopher A. Bartkiewicz, of Dunfermline, Illinois, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based in Baumholder, Germany. While serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, on September 30th, 2008, Specialist Bartkiewicz died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol using small-arms fire. He was 25 years old.
Specialist Bartkiewicz worked at a Morton factory and then at Coca-Cola in Bartonville before joining the Army because he thought it would be a good way to support his family. He had grown up near military bases while in North Carolina and was pulled to service. “Bart was a great man and a loving father and husband. He was a hero, he gave his life for our country. What more can you ask for.” He leaves behind his wife, Emily, and their two daughters.