Monday, February 19, 2007

Todd M. Siebert reported killed in Iraq

A Marine from the Pittsburgh area was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his family said.

Infantry Capt. Todd M. Siebert, who would have turned 35 next month, was on patrol Friday near Anbar province, according to his brother-in-law, Glenn Ridenour of Pine Township.

For the past decade, Siebert lived at Camp Lejune, N.C., with his wife, Darcy, and their 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, said his brother, Tom Siebert of Harmony. Siebert's parents, Thomas and Dorothy, also live in Harmony.

Siebert, who served with the 3rd Battalion of the 6th Marines, was deployed to Iraq in January after visiting his family at Christmas, Ridenour said. He had previously spent 10 days in Iraq and also served in Afghanistan in 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Relatives said Siebert always wanted to be in the military, often dressing like a soldier in the backyard when he was very young.

"Probably 70 percent of his life was dedicated to being in the military," said Tom Siebert. "I don't know what his driving force was. He was just amazed with it. It was just something that enthused him."

Siebert grew up in Franklin Park, about 15 miles north of Pittsburgh, and graduated in 1990 from North Allegheny High School, where he belonged to the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program. He enlisted in the Marines in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant two years later, family members said.

He received a commission as an infantry officer in 1999, when he graduated from Penn State University, where he studied criminal justice.

From the Hendersonville News