Up until July 11, the Nebraska National Guard hadn't had a soldier killed in combat since World War Two. That changed when an explosive device killed Sgt. First Class Linda Tarango-Griess and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Fischer.
Jeremy's widow Sarah talked today at a press conference about her husband and her family.
Jeremy and Sarah had been childhood friends and were married just before Jeremy was deployed to Iraq.
"We were both - lets get it over with, the sooner he leaves the sooner he'd come back." says Sarah Fischer.
But Sgt. Fischer would not make it back, he was killed while on a mission in Iraq, Sarah talked with her husband that morning.
"I wouldn't change a thing from the conversation; I told him I loved him a billion times." Fischer says the support she has received from family, friends and the military has been overwhelming. "In a split second everyone was there at the house."
Sarah says she wants to remember the best times with Jeremy, "anything we were doing together we were happy doing" and wants people to remember just how Jeremy was. "He had a devilish attitude, fun-spirited, just a wonderful personality. He had all the fun he could."
She also had some advice for anyone with loved ones in service now. "It was an accident, it could have happened here, it could happen anywhere, you can't worry, you have to just enjoy what you have and you can talk to them."
There is a scholarship fund set up in Sgt. Fischer's memory at the high school in Harvard where he attended.
Funeral services will by in Harvard at the school's gym at 9:30 on Wednesday.
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