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Name: Army Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann

Age: 27

From: Marshfield, WI

Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Incident: Army Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann died Dec. 25 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

&lsquoThis is what he wanted to do&rsquo

By Liz Welter
Marshfield (Wis.) News-Herald

The daylong Christmas festivities had quieted and night had settled at the Marshfield, Wis., home of John and Janice Altmann when Janice heard what she called the &ldquodreaded knock on the door.&rdquo

Their son, Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Altmann, 27, had been killed early Christmas Day during an insurgent attack in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

&ldquoYou read about this happening to other families, and there&rsquos pain you feel for them. Then when it happens, it&rsquos devastating,&rdquo Janice Altmann said as she and her husband discussed the loss of their son, who served as a medic with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He recently had re-enlisted and was known by family and friends as Joe, and his Army comrades referred to him as Doc.

Joe Altmann was due to return from this tour of duty in February or March, John Altmann said. He had served two previous tours of duty in Iraq.

&ldquoThis is what he wanted to do. He had just re-enlisted because he loved his job so much,&rdquo John Altmann said.

Altmann wasn&rsquot a stellar student or athlete at Columbus Catholic High School, from which he graduated in 2003, but he was a member of the school&rsquos football and baseball teams. Those who were close to him recalled him Tuesday as an all-around nice guy who had many friends and enjoyed sports and outdoor activities.

&ldquoJoe was a quiet man but had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help out in any way he could,&rdquo said Krisann Mauritz of Marshfield, who described herself as &ldquoProud Aunt of SGT Joe Altmann&rdquo in an email about her nephew.

As a teenager, Joe was content to hang out with his aunt and uncle at their home.

&ldquoHe would just show up on our doorstep and lay on our couch and watch movies with us. It&rsquos times like that I wish I could get back,&rdquo Mauritz said.

Sam Klumb of Marshfield, a friend of Joe&rsquos since kindergarten, said Altmann was a person of integrity and honesty.

&ldquoHe was quiet, but you knew you could count on him for anything,&rdquo Klumb said. &ldquoHe was a genuine person that cared about other people.&rdquo

Under Altmann&rsquos quiet demeanor ran a current of wit that usually caught others by surprise, Klumb said.

Describing how they hung out with friends as teenagers, Klumb said, &ldquoThings would get quiet, and Joe was always the guy that could make everyone laugh and kept things going.&rdquo

When both young men were choosing careers after high school, Altmann considered the military but chose college instead, where he became interested in the medical field, Klumb said. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, Altmann met with an Army recruiter and learned that his interests would serve him and his country well as a military medic.

&ldquoWhen he found out he liked [the medical field] and he could combine that with being a medic in the military, he found what he loved to do,&rdquo Klumb said.

Altmann joined the Army after one year of college and trained as a medic, fulfilling his passion, his father said.

&ldquoHe was really good at what he did. We&rsquore so proud of him. He was doing what he enjoyed,&rdquo John Altmann said. As parents, he and Janice understood the risks inherent to serving in the military, John Altmann said, but they supported his career choice. Neither of them served in the military.

In Facebook posts, Joe Altmann was remembered by members of his company Tuesday as a man who competently and quietly completed any task set before him. He was fondly remembered in the posts as &ldquoDoc&rdquo Altmann.

The Altmanns and their three adult children planned to escort the body from Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Marshfield.

&ldquoIt&rsquos the last thing we can do for him,&rdquo John Altmann said.

Died: December 25, 2011


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Joseph J. Altmann
BY John on Dec 28, 2011
  May the grace of God, the love of Jesus, and the peace of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family forever.

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Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother

Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.

Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.

Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.

John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.

Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.

Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff

John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen

Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.

Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you

Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise

Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.

Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.

Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.

Deora Bodley

rest in peace

James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.

Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family

John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!

Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V

Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.

Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.

Clayton L. Adamkavicius

He was a good guy...

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