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UW-Whitewater student among dead in Texas

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Associated Press and Gazette staff
November 7, 2009

A 29-year-old soldier who was studying psychology at UW-Whitewater was among those killed in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday.


Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger of Kiel joined the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks, her mother, Jeri Krueger said. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 for a few months.


The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter quoted a close friend of Krueger’s who said the soldier was studying psychology at UW-W.


The college would not release any information on Krueger unless her identity was confirmed by authorities at Fort Hood, a UW-W spokeswoman said.


Krueger was one of the 13 who died after Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on a group of soldiers at Fort Hood, her mother said. Another 30 soldiers were wounded, authorities said.


Also among the dead was Russell Seager, 51, of Mount Pleasant. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Seager was a registered nurse who worked at Zablocki VA Medical Center and taught at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee.


Gov. Jim Doyle said the Wisconsin soldiers who were shot apparently were with about 40 members of the 467th Medical Co. sent to Fort Hood for training before being shipped to Afghanistan. The unit was to help soldiers coming in and out of combat zones and those with combat fatigue, he said.


Flags will be flown at half-staff through Veterans Day on Wednesday in honor of the dead, Doyle said.


Krueger arrived at Fort Hood on Tuesday and was scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan in December, her mother said.


“She called to tell me she made it safe,” her mother said.


The UW-W student newspaper, the Royal Purple, quoted another student who said Krueger had gone on a leave of absence from UW-W a few weeks ago to accommodate her deployment.


Jeri Krueger recalled telling her daughter in 2001 that she could not take on Osama bin Laden by herself.


“Watch me,” her daughter replied.


Kiel High School Principal Dario Talerico told The Associated Press that Krueger graduated from the school in 1998 and had spoken at least once to local elementary school students about her career.


“I just remember that Amy was a very good kid, who like most kids in a small town are just looking for what their next step in life was going to be, and she chose the military,” Talerico said. “Once she got into the military, she really connected with that kind of lifestyle and was really proud to serve her country.”


Krueger reportedly got a tattoo on her back before she was deployed. It contained the words “All gave some, some gave all. Sacrifice.”


The wounded included two other soldiers from Wisconsin, 23-year-old Army Reserve Spc. Grant Moxon of Lodi and 19-year-old Amber Bahr of Random Lake, their families said.


Moxon, a mental health specialist who graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2008 with a degree in psychology, was shot above the knee and pretended to be dead until the shooter moved away, said his father, Dave Moxon.


Moxon was sitting at a processing center “when all of the sudden he heard some yelling and noise and he said, ‘I’m looking this guy right in the eye and he pulls his gun and shoots,’” his father said. “The bullet went right through his cargo pocket into his leg.”


Bahr was shot in the back. She joined the Army Reserves when she was 17 and was saving money for college, said her mother, Lisa Pfund.


Lt. Gen. Bob Cone told NBC’s “Today” show Friday that Bahr helped apply a tourniquet to one injured soldier and then attended to other soldiers before realizing she’d been shot.



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