|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1977|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 2007|
Second Lieutenant Alger graduated from Chetek Wisconsin High School in 1995 where she participated and excelled in many programs in the classroom and out. Tracy spent many years barrel-racing, a rodeo-like event in which horse and rider are timed as they maneuver around large barrels. She served as president of a couple of barrel-racing associations. She went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in graphic design. She was working as a graphic artist and as a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home when in January of 2006, she decided to enlist in the United States Army. The events of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were still on her mind and she felt this was right to do. She took her basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the United States Army Air Assault School. She transferred to Fort Campbell Kentucky a year ago, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell. Always aspiring to be the very best she could be, she was a beloved and respected soldier and leader among her group. In the summer of 2007, her commander took a group of 50 officers on a 15-mile hike during 100-degree temperatures. Only one-third of the men finished and she was the only female officer to finish the hike. She had a goal of attending the United States Sapper School following her deployment to Iraq. Tracy was deployed to Iraq two weeks before her death where she was a platoon leader in charge of convoys that transported supplies. She didn't have to go out on all the missions, but insisted on being with her troops. She died when an improvised explosive device exploded near her Humvee. Bio by: Sue
Tracy is survived by her mother, Pauline Knutson of New Auburn, Wisconsin; one sister, Tanya (Chris) Leo of Colorado Springs, Colorado; maternal grandmother, Bernice Symbal of Stanley, Wisconsin; special friend, Rick Hawkins of Indianapolis; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Theodore Symbal. Tracy is buried next to him.
Saint Marys Czestochowa Cemetery
Created by: sue
Record added: Nov 03, 2007
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