As we first reported Thursday at noon, his name is Robert Wise a 21-year-old soldier with Florida’s National Guard.
Friends describe him as a young man who gave 180-percent to all he did. Wednesday, he gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Twenty-one-year-old Robert Wise is described as the first to volunteer his help, the first to arrive and ultimately the first Tallahassee soldier to die in Iraq.
Florida Army National Guard Specialist Robert Allen Wise was killed in a road side bombing in Baghdad Wednesday, similar to the one that killed another U.S. soldier Thursday in Fallujah.
News of his death hit close to home for Godby High School and the Junior ROTC Program.
Colonel Mears remembers Wise as a great kid with a warm smile who gave all he had to those around him, "Outstanding kid who died way too young.”
Wise served with the men of Tallahassee’s own 3rd Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment.
In a written statement his mother said, "He believed in what he was doing and I’m very proud of him."
As are the people whose lives he touched giving all he could include his life, to ensure freedom for all. Robert turned 21 this past August.
His mother says in September he became a godfather and was so excited his godson would carry his middle name, Allen.
Wise and two other Florida National Guard soldiers from the 3rd Battalion were in the Humvee. The other two were wounded and there injuries are not considered life threatening. Their names haven't been released
No funeral arrangements have been made he is expected to be buried with full military honors.