COURTESY PHOTO U.S. Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert
In March 2010, Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert, 24, went to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, serving his country, which was his life’s goal. He died June 4 of that year disabling the second of two IEDs that threatened his unit. Just before the explosion that killed him, he ordered the 20 men under his command out of the area to safety. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Jimbo Theinert, far left, with participants in a recent veterans’ retreat at the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico. A Shelter Island couple has raised $20,000 for construction of a bunkhouse that will expand the capacity of the ranch to offer restorative retreats, free of charge, to active and veteran soldiers and Gold Star families. The charity was created in honor of Mr. Theinert’s brother, Lt. Joseph L. Theinert of Shetler Island, killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
A girl who died of leukemia at age 4 nearly 40 years ago is being remembered by her family in a gift to the Lt. Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund that her mother said helps fulfill a promise she made to “live in happiness for her.” (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO William Theinert with Nancy and Cooper at home in Connecticut.
Whether the next President of the United States is red, blue or purple, one of the helicopters in POTUS’s fleet will be made by the aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky, with electrical systems designed by Shelter Island High School Class of 2002 graduate William Theinert. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Dave Clark, commander of the American Legion Mitchell Post 281 at the Legion Hall.
Dave Clark, commander of the American Legion Mitchell Post 281, has conflicted feelings about his service in the Marines, especially the months he spent in Beirut getting shot at.
But he is very clear about whose military service should be remembered on Memorial Day, and it’s not his.
“It’s a time to think of men and women who gave their lives, to reach out to their families and give them a hug,” Dave said. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO At home on the Island. Michael Mundy at his parents home last week.
At 24, Islander Michael Mundy has spent time in some of the more remote areas of the globe, such as Okinawa and Mongolia.
He also spent eight months in one of the most dangerous places in the world, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (more…)