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Fallen marine Alec Terwiske memorialized in Dubois County

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The Dubois County Community gathered Saturday afternoon to honor and remember the life of Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske.

Terwiske died in Afghanistan in September and today his family joined his former baseball coach Brian Kirchoff and the team in retiring his jersey.  

Supporters surrounded the field during the ceremony, which took place between a double header during the Northeast Dubois Baseball Classic.

Alec's mom, Sandy, said it was an emotional day and she was overwhelmed to have so many of Alec's friends and family members there.

Coach Brian Kirchoff coached Alec during his junior and senior years and remembers his impact on the team.  

"The one thing is he always played with a lot joy, a smile on his face anytime he got on the field. It was fun to watch him because he was just having a great time out there and it was a great influence on our team," Kirchoff said.

Alec's family said he always wanted to be a marine.  

Coach Kirchoff knew he wanted to do something to remember Alec and was waiting for the season to start.  

"I thought that it would  be nice if we can keep our mind on it and do something at a baseball game for Alec and I think Sandy and the family appreciate it and I know it was not work, it was something done just because Alec was such a good kid," Kirchoff said.

Fellow marines Cody Bodenbender and Jeff Klump were also their to support Alec and his family. Both served with Alec in Afghanistan.

"It's been real nice to get to know the Terwiske family, it's kind of like every time we see them, almost like you get to talk to Alec a little bit, it's really nice, it really is, great family and it's been an honor to get to meet them and been closer with them these past seven months," Bondenbender said.

"Couldn't ask for a better day really, beautiful weather, baseball, sharing memories with the Terwiske family," Klump said.

Klump said he took Alec underneath his wing when he joined the Marines. He remembered always taking pictures of Alec to send back home to his mom.

Coach Kirchoff said retiring Alec's No. 30 jersey gives the team someone to always look up to.

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