Thursday, June 08, 2006


Brazoria County soldier dies in Iraq

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

ANGLETON - Army Pfc. Brett Tribble, who would have turned 21 next month, telephoned his mother after arriving in Iraq last week and told her he was not afraid of his new combat assignment. "I'm here to do what I'm trained to do," he said.

Friday afternoon he was injured when a home made bomb blasted the humvee he and and three other soldiers were in on a road near Ar Ramadi. He was the gunner, the most exposed member of the team. He was rushed to nearby medical facilities, but on Saturday he died.

"He was my hero," his mother, Tracy Tribble, of Lake Jackson said.

Today, she and other family members went to Palms Funeral Home to make arrangements for the services for the young man who earned the nickname "Lightnin'" when he played youth football because he could run so fast.

They remembered him as a youth who loved to hunt and fish and play sports, who loved his younger brothers and his family. Most of all, they said, he was proud to be a soldier.

Tribble had found maturity and a purpose in life in the Army, his family said. "He loved it," said his father, Alan Tribble, of Angleton.

"He was only 20, but he was a very mature 20," his mother said. "When you talked to him, you would have thought he was in his 30's."

"He joined up on his own," his father said. "He didn't tell anybody else he was going to do it."

The young soldier had gone through some trouble as a youth, his family said. He'd dropped out of school. But then he'd gotten his GED diploma. He tried working at local chemical plants, but never had found anything he liked

"He wasn't lazy," his mother said. "He just couldn't find anything that interested him."

In January, 2005, he joined the Army, and found a life that he loved.

Later that year he was sent to Baumholder, Germany as part of the Army's 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

"He said it was like going to the gym and getting paid for it," his mother said.

He had planned to come home on leave in late July and be in Brazoria County for his 21st birthday, his family said, but orders to the Mid-East dashed those plans.

First he was sent to Kuwait for more training and then, a week before he died, he arrived in Iraq.

"He was where he wanted to be," his mother said.

The time of the services are still pending. They will be at Community Baptist Church in Danbury under the direction of Palms Funeral Home in Angleton. Burial will be in the Danbury Cemetery.

Besides his parents, Tribble is survived by his son, Blaine Alan Tribble, of Lake Jackson; younger brothers Clint and Bodie Tribble of Lake Jackson; stepmother Janet Tribble of Angleton; grandparents Sissy Bogema of Danbury, Artist Tribble of Angleton and Roger and Charlene Blackwell of Angleton.

Not long after the military came to tell his father about Tribble's death, word about it started spreading around the small community where he lives on a bayou near Angleton. Neighbors began to bring food and condolences.

One friend brought several flags, Alan Tribble said, including one that bears the insignia of all the branches of the U.S. military.

"All gave some," words on that flag said. "Some gave all."

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