Altmann, Joseph J, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
68W-Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic)
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2011, 68W, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Service Years
2005 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1984
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marshfield
Last Address
Kunar province Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Dec 25, 2011
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Gate of Heaven Cemetery - Marshfield, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Armored Division 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Medical Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Combat Medical 1st Award

Rifle
Medical

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2005, 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade (Fort Sam Houston, TX), E
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment2nd Armored Division2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  2007-2007, 13S, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment
  2007-2007, 13S, 2nd Armored Division
  2008-2011, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
  2008-2011, 68W, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2020 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Altmann of Marshfield killed in Afghanistan
1:35 AM, Dec. 28, 2011

A ceremony was held this afternoon at Dover Air Force Base, Del., following the arrival of the body of Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Altmann.

His family attended the dignified transfer ceremony which happens when a soldier is brought home from a foreign country, said the Army Liaison Team Chaplain Garry Losey who attended the ceremony with Altmann?s parents.
An honor guard brought the casket from the transport plane to a transfer vehicle which takes the soldier to be prepared to send him home, Losey said.
The ceremony was very emotional, said John Altmann?s, Joseph Altmann?s father.

The family will return to Marshfield late tonight. Altmann?s body will arrive later, John Altmann said.

A funeral service is pending with the arrangements, being made by Rembs Funeral Home, he said

An honor guard brought the casket from the transport plane to a transfer vehicle which takes the soldier to be prepared to send him home, Losey said.
The ceremony was very emotional, said John Altmann?s, Joseph Altmann?s father.

The family will return to Marshfield late tonight. Altmann?s body will arrive later, John Altmann said.

A funeral service is pending with the arrangements, being made by Rembs Funeral Home, he said

The daylong Christmas festivities had quieted and night had settled at the Marshfield home of John and Janice Altmann when Janice heard what she called the "dreaded knock on the door." Their son, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Altmann, 27, had been killed early Christmas Day during an insurgent attack in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. "You read about this happening to other families, and there's pain you feel for them. Then when it happens, it's devastating," Janice Altmann said Tuesday as she and her husband discussed the loss of their son, who served as a medic with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based in Hawaii. He recently had re-enlisted and was known by family and friends as Joe, though his Army comrades referred to him as Doc.

Joe was due to return from this tour of duty in February or March, John Altmann said. He had served two previous tours of duty in Iraq.

"This is what he wanted to do. He had just re-enlisted because he loved his job so much," John Altmann said.

No additional information about the attack that killed Joe Altmann was available Tuesday.

Altmann wasn't a stellar student or athlete at Columbus Catholic High School, from which he graduated in 2003, but he was a member of the school's football and baseball teams. Those who were close to him recalled him Tuesday as an all-around nice guy who had many friends and enjoyed sports and outdoor activities.

"Joe was a quiet man but had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help out in any way he could," said Krisann Mauritz of Marshfield, who described herself as "Proud Aunt of SGT Joe Altmann" in an email about her nephew.
As a teenager, Joe was content to hang out with his aunt and uncle at their home.

"He would just show up on our doorstep and lay on our couch and watch movies with us. It's times like that I wish I could get back," Mauritz said.
Sam Klumb of Marshfield, a friend of Joe's since kindergarten, said Altmann was a person of integrity and honesty.

"He was quiet, but you knew you could count on him for anything," Klumb said. "He was a genuine person that cared about other people."
Under Altmann's quiet demeanor ran a current of wit that usually caught others by surprise, Klumb said.

Describing how they hung out with friends as teenagers, Klumb said, "Things would get quiet, and Joe was always the guy that could make everyone laugh and kept things going."

When both young men were choosing careers after high school, Altmann considered the military but chose college instead, where he became interested in the medical field, Klumb said. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, Altmann met with an Army recruiter and learned that his interests would serve him and his country well as a military medic.
"When he found out he liked (the medical field) and he could combine that with being a medic in the military, he found what he loved to do," Klumb said.
Altmann joined the Army after one year of college and trained as a medic, fulfilling his passion, his father said.

"He was really good at what he did. We're so proud of him. He was doing what he enjoyed," John Altmann said. As parents, he and Janice understood the risks inherent to serving in the military, John Altmann said, but they supported his career choice. Neither of them served in the military.
In Facebook posts, Joe Altmann was remembered by members of his company Tuesday as a man who competently and quietly completed any task set before him. He was fondly remembered in the posts as "Doc" Altmann.

The Altmanns and their three adult children will escort the body from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Marshfield, where a funeral is planned at a later date.
"It's the last thing we can do for him," John Altmann said.


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Flags lowered to half-staff in Wisconsin Friday for Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Altman
January 5, 2012

Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across the state will fly at half-staff Friday (Jan. 6) in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann of Marshfield, Wis., who lost his life while serving his country in Afghanistan. The Guard will render these honors in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Scott Walker.

EXECUTIVE ORDER # 55 reads:

Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann of the United States Army Who Lost His Life While Serving His Country During Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

WHEREAS, on December 25, 2011, Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann, a member of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, United States Army, died while serving his country in Afghanistan; and

WHEREAS, Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann provided faithful and honorable service to the people of the State of Wisconsin and the people of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the people of Wisconsin mourn the death of Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann; and

WHEREAS, a memorial service will be held for Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Altmann on January 6, 2012;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SCOTT WALKER, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me by Federal and State law, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin shall be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin equipped with such flags beginning at sunrise on Friday, January 6, 2012, and ending at sunset on that date.


   
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