Isaiah Hunt at first balked at the idea of joining the Army and didn”t want to leave his new girlfriend to go to Iraq. But the military gave him a newfound maturity.
“He grew up in a short period of time,” said his father, Mike Hunt, a former football player for the Green Bay Packers. “He was proud but he was also scared. You could tell that from his e-mail.”
Hunt, 20, of Suamico, Wis., died Nov. 15 in the arms of his commander after he was thrown from a vehicle in an accident in Iraq. He was based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Hunt was always concerned about the well-being of other people, particularly his family. “He was a caregiver; he just wanted everything to be OK and everyone to be happy,” said his mother, Pam Hunt.
Mike Hunt said his son resisted the idea of joining the Army but reconsidered and joined up after graduating from high school. Pam Hunt said her son wasn”t “philosophically motivated by patriotism” but wanted to better himself.
“He was looking forward to making money going to college, getting a car _ pretty typical goals,” she said.
PFC Isaiah R. Hunt, of Suamico, Wisconsin, spent his early years in Minnesota and moved to the Green Bay Wisconsin area in 1997. He was the middle child of a family of 5 children born to Michael Anthony and Pamela Jeanne Hunt. His father was a linebacker for The Green Bay Packers professional football team for a couple of years. A 2002 graduate of Bay Port High School, Isaiah enlisted in the Army in July of 2003, in part to better himself, in part to prepare himself for college. He hesitated about joining at first, not wanting to leave his girlfriend and not wanting to be sent to Iraq. But the Army gave him a new maturity, he grew up fast in a short period of time. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers and was proud to be part of his unit. Deployed to Iraq in June of 2004, assigned to the 782nd Main Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Isaiah was thrown from the gun turret of a vehicle when it was hit by another vehicle. He died in the arms of his commander. Isaiah’s favorite place was home, he was always concerned not only for his family, but for his friends. He anticipated being home for Christmas and going off with his buddies to get tattoos. They still got theirs, crosses on their left shoulders in remembrance of a young man who just wanted everybody to be happy and everything to be OK.
He is survived by his mother; his father and step-mother; two brothers; two sisters; grandparents; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Note: The DoD lists Nov. 15 as his date of death, his obituary says Nov. 14