Final Rites For Western Wisconsin Soldier Killed in Iraq

They remembered his smile. They remembered his sacrifice.

The life of Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Bossert was honored at his funeral in Cassville Thursday. Those who grew up with Andrew along the banks of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin remembered the good times -- his sense of humor and laughter.

The 24-year-old soldier was killed March 7th when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint in western Iraq. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. Bossert was honored at ceremonies in Cochrane-Fountain City in Buffalo County last week. He attended high school there.

Bossert was with C-Company of the 44th Engineering Battalion. He spent two and a-half years in Korea before he was deployed to Iraq last August.

Bossert moved from Fountain City to Cassville when he was a high school freshman.

He attended U-W Stout and wanted to be an architect. When he couldn't get into the classes he need, he decided to join the Army.