Waterville soldier remembered: Family remembers their son as a hero

By Susan Campbell

WATERVILLE - 21-year-old John Sigsbee of Waterville was killed in Iraq two days ago when his patrol came under enemy fire. Now his mother wants people to know her son died a hero.

The Department of Defense says John Sigsbee was killed in a grenade and small arms attack in Balad. Two other Fort Campbell soldiers died in the same attack. Sigsbee's family says they're proud of the work he was doing overseas.

On Friday, in honor of their soldier, an American flag flew proudly at the Sigsbee house in Waterville. John's mother, Susan, says it's her mission to show people how important it is to support the troops.

And as the family is grieving their loss, they're remembering John Sigsbee for his smile, his laugh, and most of all, his dedication to his country.

"In his short lifetime, obviously he has achieved more than most people do in their whole lifetime," said Susan Sigsbee, his mother. "He's my hero. He's always been my hero. Always will be."

Sigsbee was a decorated soldier. Among his awards, he was a Purple Heart recipient for injuries he sustained in July of 2006, when the tank he was driving hit two improvised explosive devices.

He was sent home to recover from those injuries, but returned to combat a short time later.

John Sigsbee's body is back in the United States, but plans have not yet been made for his memorial service.

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