John Thomas Bubeck
Sergeant, United States Army
Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1321-06
December 27, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations December 25, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq. They were assigned to the 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.
Sergeant John T. Bubeck, 25, of Collegeville,
Sergeant He later died December 26, 2006
For further information on these soldiers the
media can contact the 1st Armored Division public affairs office at 011-49-611-705-4859.
Sergeant John T. Bubeck was a man who followed his heart and put others before himself.
More than 100 family members, friends, service men and women, and local and state dignitaries gathered Monday in Augustus Lutheran Church to pay their last respects to the young man who gave his life serving his country.
On December 25, 2006, Sergeant Bubeck, 25, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, was participating in combat operations in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
Sergeant Bubeck, who was assigned to the 9th Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, before his unit was sent to Iraq, died of his injuries on December 26, 2006.
"John lived the same way he died -- following his heart and what he believed in," Sergeant Bubeckís childhood friend, Jack Diferdinando told the mourners, including U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach and state Senator John C. Rafferty.
"I know when he went into the military, a lot of us thought it might not be the best move, but John wanted to do it," Kyle Laverty, another of Sgt. Bubeckís childhood friends, said.
Both men characterized their friend, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, as someone who was strong-willed and determined, and above all, a friend, a brother who wanted to leave his footprint on the world.
"John is a friend you could only wish to have and we were all lucky enough to be those friends," Laverty said. "John definitely wanted to take his life and make a print on this Earth, and thatís exactly what he did. Iím going to be proud to say, forever, that I was Johnís friend, and Iím really going to miss him."
The Rev. Herbert H. Michel said that military life and the family of God have a lot in common.
"Itís all about what we can do for each other," he said. "Itís not about me, itís about the guy next to me and the guy next to him."
Rev. Michel said Sgt. Bubeck exemplified putting the group before the individual during his time in the military.
Brigadier General Jesse R. Cross, the senior representative for the Army at the funeral, spoke of Sergeant Bubeck as a soldier with uncompromising loyalty.
"Serving oneís country is a noble calling," Cross said. "John chose to be a soldier and faithfully and honorably served (his country). John was a proud soldier."
"We can never repay your debt," Cross told Sergeant Bubeckís mother, Judith, sister, Kathryn, and his brother, James. "John paid the ultimate sacrifice to this nation. His lasting gift to us is our freedom."
Cross presented Sergeant Bubeckís mother with the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Global War on Terrorism medal, the Iraqi Campaign medal and the Combat Action medal.
After the funeral service, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of men and women who stand in honor for fallen soldiers and who stood holding American flags in the rain throughout Sergeant Bubeckís funeral service, recognized Sergeant Bubeckís family.
"Ladies and gentleman, the mother of an American hero," one member said of Sergeant Bubeckís mother. Those in attendance saluted in unison.
Sergeant Bubeck will be buried at 2 p.m. today in Arlington Nation Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made in Sgt. Bubeckís name to Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main St., Trappe, Pennsylvania 19426; or to C.A.U.S.E., P.O. Box 218, Herndon, Virignia 20172 (Comfort for Americaís Uniformed Services Elite, which assists soldiers recuperating from wounds and injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan).
BUBECK, JOHN THOMAS
Posted: 9 January 2007 Updated: 16 January 2007 Updated: 17 October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007
Photo Courtesy of Holly, March 2007
Photo Courtesy Of Holly, January 2007