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Jun 9, 2010 5:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fallen soldier's remains arrive on the East End

Jun 9, 2010 5:38 PM

The remains of U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Joseph Theinert arrived from Delaware at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton today at 3:30 p.m.

1st Lt. Theinert was killed in Afghanistan Friday morning by an improvised explosive device. His body was flown back from overseas, arriving at Dover Air Force Base.

A procession traveled to Shelter Island through Southampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. Church bells sounded as 1st Lt. Theinert arrived at Our Lady of the Isle Roman Catholic Church.

A wake will be held at Our Lady of the Isle, located on Prospect Avenue in Shelter Island Heights, Thursday, June 10, from 2 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held on the grounds of the Shelter Island school Friday, June 11, at 1 p.m.

Shelter Island Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty has named Friday, June 11, a town day of mourning. Many government services will be closed that day, although schools will remain open.

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Yes, a patriot, but too young, so little time .We must find a better way. We must find another way.
God preserve you in paradise, sweet soldier. I pray, America, and all, be worthy of your overwhelming sacrafice.
Fellow citizens, we must be worthy. Least not forget this young man or his grieving family.
We must vow to find another way. Amen.
By fazool (22), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 1:06 PM
May you fly on angels wings.............................
By mother of firefighter (18), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 1:30 PM
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Thank You for Your Ultimate Sacrifice!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Jun 9, 10 1:47 PM
The Afghan war is now the longest in American history with no end in sight. Bring our brave boys and girls home. Bless this boy and his family.
By lablover (104), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 1:58 PM
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tears drop
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 9, 10 2:38 PM
God Bless his family!
By gypsy222 (20), East Hampton on Jun 9, 10 3:03 PM
liblover said:

"The Afghan war is now the longest in American history with no end in sight. Bring our brave boys and girls home."

Please have the decency to keep your politics out of this thread.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 9, 10 3:31 PM
RealityFirst, I don't believe there were politics stated there. The fact that it has now become the longest war in our history and we are no nearer the end then we were 4 years ago is a fact. The idea that we want our boys and girls home is not political, but an ideal that all of us who are parents yearn for.

RIP Army 1st Lieutenant Joseph Theinert. You and those you served with make the ultimate sacrifice every day for our freedom.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Jun 9, 10 4:55 PM
Well said, Sag Native. Let's honor our fighting men and women by bringing them home. Joseph Theinert made the ultimate sacrifice and we honor him and send love to his family
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Jun 9, 10 7:46 PM
I disagree she is a left wing ideologue
By joe hampton (3428), south hampton on Jun 9, 10 8:45 PM
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And you, Joe Hampton, are a left wing ideologue. These people came here to honor this soldier and say it is time for the fighting to end so that no more of our young men and women perish needlessly. You prefer war and death? I prefer peace and life.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 10, 10 4:54 PM
With deepest heartfelt condolences to the Theinert & Kestler families on your loss. Your son is a true American hero who gave his life to protect all of us - - and for all that we hold dear. May he rest in eternal peace. God Bless Joey and God Bless the United States of America!

Robert I. Ross
Hampton Bays, NY
Former Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Jun 9, 10 5:04 PM
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Well said, Robert.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 9:52 PM
Words can't express my gratitude.
By eastendgolf (28), Manorville on Jun 9, 10 5:13 PM
Just by chance I was picking up my own son today and heading home when we got on the Sunrise and saw fire trucks straddling the highway erecting a HUGE American flag. Instantly, I knew what was going on. We drove a bit further and saw Southampton fire trucks with another display, and men in turn-out gear lining both sides of the highway. Our Supervisor and Town Council were standing there, in a light rain, which I thought was a wonderful and very touching tribute--good on them! I decided to pull ...more
By Capt. Phil (63), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 5:35 PM
Beautifully and well said, Capt. Phil.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jun 9, 10 6:01 PM
I just drove home through this and has no idea what was going on so I came here to check. Just heartbreaking.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 5:48 PM
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RIP Brave Soldier.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jun 9, 10 5:55 PM
i have just come from sag harbor where the funeral cortege passed through on its way home to shelter island.

my deepest heartfelt condolences to the theinert and kestler families.
yours was a brave young man. he has my sincere gratitude, as do you, for this most ultimate sacrifice. may he rest well.

my prayers and thoughts are with you.
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Jun 9, 10 6:04 PM
God speed to you, beautiful young man.
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 6:42 PM
"On behalf of a grateful nation..." and from a proud community in mourning. We are all Shelter Islanders on the East End this week...
By xtreme (4), East Hampton on Jun 9, 10 8:39 PM
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You are a hero..God bless you and your family.
By joe hampton (3428), south hampton on Jun 9, 10 8:47 PM
Our soldiers, sons and daughters die every day.....and we grieve.
Driving east this afternoon prior to the arrival of Lt. Theinert I saw the Flag and the volunteer firemen. I thought of the movie "Taking Chance" yet I knew the escorts would be bringing Joseph home.
My heart breaks for your ultimate sacrifice.....and we grieve.
By auntof9 (157), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 9:17 PM
This is a terrible sad thing, and I feel for this young man and his family and friends. But we should not glorify his death and preclude comments about the ongoing political decisions that create the situations that end up with innocent young men like this signing up to be soldiers and getting killed. Blind allegiance to our politicians and reverence for their wars does not honor their lives and deaths. This is a democracy, and we should constantly question our country's involvement in the ongoing ...more
By justthefacts (9), East Hampton on Jun 9, 10 9:45 PM
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I rode with the PGR and American Legion Riders today. You folks that are the East End make this a special place by the numbers you turned out today.
Well done by all, participants and bystanders all!!
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 9, 10 9:54 PM
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thank you. hope it doesn't happen to anyone anymore.
By harborguy (2), southampton on Jun 10, 10 7:45 PM
sacrifices for freedom ?? o sacrifice for money & power & control Whats america and his people want the most right ...and on the other side how many innocents kids & civilians are killed on their own ''occupied'' land but we liked better to be blind & ignorants about the others ...so sellfish ....they protecting & defend their land and want get back their freedom you took from them and ....anyway no one desserve to die so ''freely'' for no motives & real purposes and both sides
all these ...more
By dlb (21), sag harbor on Jun 9, 10 11:03 PM
God bless you! It was an HONOR to salute you today on Sunrise Highway today, I just wish it didn't have to be THIS way. Your family is in my prayers.
By squato (4), southampton on Jun 10, 10 1:29 AM
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Rest in peace! My prayers go out to your family.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 10, 10 7:04 AM
. I too was coming home from work and was stopped at 7-11, What a humbling experience to witness. Captian Phil you said it all. My heart goes out to the family
By mother of firefighter (18), Southampton on Jun 10, 10 7:11 AM
God Bless this young man and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
By marymare (12), east hampton on Jun 10, 10 10:29 AM
Thank you for the heartfelt honor you bestowed this young fallen soldier as the hearse carrying the body of Lt. Joseph Theinert and his family passed through our east end villages making his way home to Shelter Island . America's Heroes derserve nothing less.
I am so proud of all our Fire Departments, VFW, American Legion Posts and Auxilary, the Patriot Guard Riders, Police, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, families and especially the children. Teach our children well. God Bless the Theinert and ...more
By Harborwatcher (1), Sag Harbor on Jun 10, 10 11:12 AM
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I hope that everyone takes some time today to think about this young man and how he sacrificed himself for all of us. We are indebted to him, his family and his friends. May he rest in peace. Thank you Lt. Theinert.
By briantymann (31), westhampton beach on Jun 10, 10 2:04 PM
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Sincere condolences to the Theinert family and sincere thanks to all of the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces.

So sad.
By double standard (1506), quogue on Jun 10, 10 2:09 PM
god bless LT.theinert and his family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Jun 10, 10 7:18 PM
May God bless and keep you in our hearts and your family in our prayers. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, no matter what "some" might say. You are our hero and we support our men and women who fight for our freedom. Our hands were over our hearts and tears were on our cheeks. Rest in peace, lovely young soldier.
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Jun 10, 10 8:34 PM
GODSPEED Lt. Theinert. As a former Marine I am forever in debt to those who have given all. I am touched by the patriotism of this community. I sit here with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes and am proud to say you wont be forgotten Lt Theinhart. I salute you. GOD BLESS YOU MOM and DAD
By Rooster (4), Southampton on Jun 10, 10 8:39 PM
Thank you, Lt. Theinert. Thank you for your courage, your selflessness, your dedication to freedom and sacrifice for America.
And thanks to his parents for raising such a brave young man who stood for something.
God speed.
By localwater (35), east hampton on Jun 10, 10 9:13 PM
Soldier, I am always in your debt. I pray those who don't see never have to up close, a result of the preservation of freedom and expansion of tolerance by your sacrifice, which will resonate throughout the world. God Bless you, God Bless the USA.
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Jun 10, 10 9:35 PM
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Theinert. In the months to come, may you find some comfort in the words of all these good people of the East End.

I was moved by the kindness of the other people here. I didn't know how many cared and how much.

By Montaukette (46), Waterland on Jun 10, 10 11:37 PM
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You can support the troops and not support the war. God Bless all our service men and women and their families....
By bridge (7), bridgehampton on Jun 11, 10 6:36 AM
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Why is the Westboro group even allowed to assemble? Hasn't the Theinert family been through enough? If I run into some of these clowns out here... well some things are worth fighting for.
By double standard (1506), quogue on Jun 11, 10 10:01 AM
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Many many thanks to LT. Theinert and his family. May you rest peacefully. My prayers to the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss.
By LilOnes21 (23), hampton bays on Jun 11, 10 11:36 AM
We are forever grateful to this young man and his family for their love and selflessness. May his memory live on - may we never forget. Our prayers to his family and friends. The community, if not the nation, mourns with you.
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 10 12:29 PM
With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jun 11, 10 3:31 PM
THANK YOU LT. THEINERT, YOU ARE A TRUE HERO. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY, GOD BLESS!!!!
By CHERI (12), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 11, 10 4:57 PM
You have all my deepest sympathy, and we really do need to find a better way for the world to go 'round.

No more greed, no more avarice, no more wanting, no more needing.

The question is, can "We" do it? Can "We" set a REAL example for the world, instead of the corrupted, cupiditous version of the "American Dream", the lust for gold, and power, that has brought the WORLD economy to it's begging knees.

If we could, maybe there would be no more need for a good man to sacrifice ...more
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Jun 11, 10 11:37 PM
oh yea, lets send in more troops now...... great idea O
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 12, 10 8:04 AM
may god bless you and you RIP Thank you for serving our country.
By letskeepitreal (15), sagharbor on Jun 12, 10 2:29 PM
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