HUNTINGBURG, IN (WFIE) - The body of a fallen Dubois County Marine has been returned to the Tri-State on Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon, his family and friends gathered to receive the Marine back home as the plane carrying his body landed.
It was an emotional homecoming as Terwiske's family approached the plane carrying the remains of their son, brother and uncle.
"Alec loved what he was doing, and was absolutely committed to his job. He was very proud to be a US marine," Alec's aunt Amy Patterson said.
Fellow Marines stood at attention as Terwiske's family watched as Terwiske's casket was lowered and carried by six Marines.
"We were always so proud of all of Alec's accomplishments in the Marines and in life. He constantly pushed himself to be the best and we were always supportive of his decisions," Patterson said.
21-year-old Terwiske was on his first tour in Afghanistan. He had less than two months before he was set to come home.
Alec's uncle Gerald Terwiske said, "He showed a lot of courage when he enlisted in the Marines. He said he was not afraid to die because he would be fighting with his fellow Marines to defend our country and that's what he wanted to do. Not to many people have that kind of courage. He proved he was an outstanding young man."
Terwiske is survived by his parents, two sisters, brother and two nieces. His family says Terwiske always knew he wanted to be a Marine.
Patterson said, "Alec will always be our hero."