Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 6, 2009 6:33 PM
In Kiel, Wis., a rural community of 3,200, feeling for the military runs so strong that, every Veterans Day, the high school invites local vets to lunch. So it was not entirely surprising that the week after Amy Krueger, a college student preparing to be a social worker, watched the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on television, she and her roommate walked into an Army recruiting office to enlist.
She felt she needed to be "an army of one," a story in the local Tri-County Times quoted Krueger as saying two years later after her first overseas deployment, to a 24-bed hospital in Afghanistan.
Her mother, Jerilyn Krueger, told her, "You can't take this on all by yourself," the story said.
"Just watch me," Krueger replied, according to her mother.
At 2 a.m. Friday, a pair of officers arrived at her mother's home with the news that Krueger, 29, now a sergeant with the Madison-based 467th Medical Detachment, had been killed in the Fort Hood massacre.
Dario Talerico, the principal of Kiel High School, said that the 1998 graduate had played basketball and soccer there, been on the swim team and belonged to the Spanish club.
Her mother, Talerico said, "was just very proud of Amy and what she was doing." She was to have returned to Afghanistan in December.