Preparations In Place For Sunday’s Stewart-Haas Honor For Lueken; Terwiske

MARINESJOLIET, IL – Final preparations are now in place for Sunday’s Armed Forces Foundation event honoring fallen U. S. Marines Cpl. Eric Lueken and LCpl Alec Terwiske, both of Dubois.

The families of both Marines will take part in a special pre-race ceremony with Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing. A special decal honoring Lueken and Terwiske will be placed on Busch’s #41 car during the ceremony which takes place prior to the start of Sunday’s NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Earlier, the AAF issued its release on Sunday’s ceremony.

By Armed Forces Foundation

USMC Corporal Eric Lueken and Lance Corporal Alex Terwiske, both of Dubois, Indiana, have been selected as the Kurt Busch Race Dedication honorees for the MYAFIBSTORY.COM 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Corporal Eric Robert Lueken, often called “Radio” by his Marine buddies, was born in Jasper, Indiana on February 25, 1983 to Glenn and Melinda (Denu) Lueken and was a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. A member of the basketball teams that went to the semi state and regional competitions, Lueken graduated in 2001 and later joined the Marines on October 12, 2003. Before joining the Marines, he worked for Patoka Water in Dubois. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors, was a member of Saint Raphael Catholic Church, and was also an honorary member of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League.

Eric deployed to Afghanistan from November 2004 to June 2005. After his time in Afghanistan, Eric told his mother he was not taking life for granted anymore. Pictures from that country show Eric with Afghan children and he hated to see the way those children were forced to live. After Aghanistan, he deployed to Iraq. Eric died on April 22, 2006 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province.

Surviving are his parents Glenn “Jake” and Melinda Lueken; one brother, Brent and grandparents Evira Denu and Louis Leuken.

Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske was born on July 6, 1991 to Alan and Sandra Terwiske in Jasper, Indiana, where he grew up and was a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School in 2010. He enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program in November, 2009 and went to recruit training at Parris Island in July, 2010.

After completing recruit training, Terwiske attended Marine Combat Training and was then sent to Fort Knox Kentucky for M1A1 Basic Crewman course. Following the completion of the course, he was sent to his reserve unit Company E, 4th Tank Battalion as an M1A1 driver. In January of 2012, Alex was activated and attached to the Mobility Assault Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, where he would become a driver and a turret gunner. His job was to drive his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) while observing for any Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

He deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was his first combat tour with the United States Marine Corps. Alex was shot and killed during an ambush while on patrol on September 3, 2012.

Alec is survived by his mother Sandra Kay Terwiske, his father, Alan, his sisters, Ashlee and Codi and brother Brant.

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