Saturday, February 24, 2007

Carl Seigart remembered

Army Sgt. Carl L. Seigart loved cars and loved to help people, twin passions he turned into a 14-year career with the military.

After Hurricane Katrina hit, the 32-year-old tank mechanic packed up supplies at Fort Hood, Texas, and traveled to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to aid his wife's family.

"He was a very dedicated solider who believed in his job," his wife, Suzanne Seigart, told the Picayune Item in Picayune, Miss., about 50 miles north of New Orleans.

Seigart, who served with the Army's 1st Calvary Division, died Wednesday in Baqubah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, the U.S. Department of Defense said. His unit worked to recover stranded tanks, Humvees and bulldozers, the Item reported.

A native of San Luis Obispo, Seigart joined the Army shortly after graduating from high school there, where he loved working on cars in auto shop class.

"Everybody loved him there," said his mother, Darlene Seigart.

Seigart had been married to his wife for six years and had taken on her four children as his own, Suzanne Seigart said.

Seigart's family plans to hold services for him in Picayune, where his wife was living while he was deployed.

From the SF Chronicle

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