NORTH JUDSON, IN, USA U.S. Army SPC, TROOP C, 1ST BN, 14TH ARMOR, (3/2 IN BDE STRYKER), FORT LEWIS, WA QUYARRAH, IRAQ 05/29/2004
Army Specialist Michael Wiesemann was twenty years old when he was killed at Quyarrah Air Base on May 29, 2004 of non-combat related injuries killed May 29 at Quyarrah Air Base, Iraq of non-combat related injuries. He was based at Fort Lewis and assigned to the1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
Those who knew Michael saw his good sense of humor, quiet manner and artistic nature. He joined the Army in 2002, soon after graduating from high school. School associates knew that he was excited about entering the military and was looking forward to his new direction. His school environment remains aware of Michael’s service. Michael shared his humor and personality with his buddies in basic training. One who was close to him remembered that shared closeness then felt that loss of friendship when their deployments took them in different directions. “Maddogs, Scouts out!” and similar military unit slogans shout out about those tight and deep bonds inevitable between military friends.
Michael was born in Valparaiso, Indiana on October 25, 1983 to Duwain Wilson and Karen Wiesemann. He resided in North Judson, Indiana for five years. He was a member of the Knox VFW Post #74 and a member of the Ducks Unlimited. He was well known by his friends as an artist and loved to play the guitar. He was a graduate of North Judson San Pierre High School Class of 2002.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Karen Bubac and Robert Bubac of North Judson, IN, father, Duwain Wilson of Chesterton, IN, one brother, Travis Bubac; one stepsister, Tori Bubac; and two sets of grandparents.
Michael’s grandmother Shirley Stark notes that while love for Michael is everlasting, part of her heart is missing and the pain seems never to leave. Thoughts of Specialist Wiesemann extend even to strangers. Placed together while flying, a Wisconsin traveler who sat next to someone with a tattoo which read “Michael Wiesemann, 29 May 04” was moved to use the internet to find out more about Michael and then honored him by taking time to do some research. These gestures affirm Michael Wiesemann’s service to his country as well as his unique personality known to family and friends. As the traveler said to the tattoo wearer..”You did a good thing to make sure people know about Michael.” In this and many ways, Specialist Wiesemann’s nobility and beautiful smile along with his service continue his existence.