|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1984|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2004|
SPC, US ARMY
Michelle Witmer was with the Wisconsin National Guard 32nd Batallion serving in Bagdad, Iraq. Her family was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the National Defense Service Medal. She was laid to rest on Friday, April 16, 2004. When she was 10 years old, she told her two sisters she wanted to be a hero. "Seriously, I could push someone off a bridge and save them," the little girl told her identical twin Charity and older sister Rachel as they talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up. All three sisters have served in Iraq with the National Guard. Spc. Michelle Witmer, 20, of New Berlin, Wis., died April 9 when her Humvee was attacked in Baghdad. In e-mails home, she said she was working night shifts and rarely got a day off but said she enjoyed volunteering at an orphanage. "It was when I was holding one of these children that I realized I have so much to be thankful for," she wrote. Witmer was trying to return fire when she was hit, said Brig. Gen. Kerry Denson, commander of the Wisconsin National Guard, quoting an e-mail from Sgt. Nate Olson, who was in the Humvee with Witmer. Charity said her twin got her childhood wish. "She was a hero when she died," she said. Incident Date: April 9, 2004. Cause of Incident: Action. Location of Incident: Baghdad. Details of Incident: Witmer died when she became involved in an explosive and small-arms fire attack.
FROM THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL/SENTINEL
Witmer, Michelle M. SPC
Publication Date: April 13, 2004
Born February 13, 1984. Died April 9, 2004 at the age of 20 years, in the service of her country. Beloved daughter of Lori and John Witmer. Survived by loving siblings SPC Rachel, Tim, Sgt. Charity and Mark. Lovingly survived by grandparents Jan Pretzel, Paul and Karen Pretzel. Preceded in death by grandparents Gail and Paul Witmer. Also loved by aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.
Visitation Wednesday, April 14 at Elmbrook Church, 777 South Barker Road, Brookfield from 4:00 PM until 6:45 PM followed by a Service of Remembrance at 7:00 PM. Private family interment.
Memorial donations may be made to The Michelle Witmer Fund at Tri-City National Bank. Contributions will support the sister of Charity Orphanage of Baghdad. If friends are unable to attend Services, memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home at 14075 West North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005.
Sympathy Expression and Directions
Michael Feerick Associate
SPC UNITED STATES ARMY IRAQ BSM PH OUR HERO AT PEACE
Wood National Cemetery
Plot: Section 49, Grave 179 A
Created by: Charles Haig
Record added: Apr 13, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8629938
SPC. U.S. Army. Operation Iraq Freedom. Wisconsin Army National Guard, 32nd Military Police Company. Bronze Star Medal. Purple Heart. My respects.|
Added: Apr. 9, 2016
Thank you for your sacrifice in the line of duty. God bless. Rest in peace.|
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