How many more?
Green Bay Press Gazette:
Local Marine killed in Iraq
Zimmerman is area's first war casualty since '04
By Nathan Phelps
Green Bay Press Gazette
People who knew Luke Zimmerman say he was a hard worker, an upstanding individual who always had a smile and had long aspired to be part of the U.S. Marine Corps.
On Friday, friends and family got the news the 24-year-old Marine from the town of Green Bay was killed in Iraq.
Zimmerman, a 2000 Luxemburg-Casco graduate, was a close friend of Steve Metzler and his family. He worked for Metzler and his wife, Julie, who own Julie's Café on Main Street in Green Bay, for four years. They'd also taken him on a family vacation and he was a best friend to Scott and Troy Metzler, two of Steve's sons.
"He was a great friend," said Steve Metzler, who lives in Green Bay. "He was always smiling … the life of the party. He was always upbeat. He was a hard worker and he was a dedicated worker … and he was a man of his word.
"He was a lot of fun, he was a dedicated kid. You couldn't have asked for a nicer guy."
The Department of Defense had not yet given public notification of Zimmerman's death Saturday afternoon. That announcement from the military normally takes a day or two after family is told of the death.