Jeff Davis

Apr 3, 2012 6:12 PM by Maddie Garrett

Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Will Be Buried in Acadiana

A Louisiana soldier, killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 24, will be buried in Acadiana this week. His body is being brought back to Jennings for the funeral and burial services.

37-year-old Captain Aaron Istre joined the Army right out of high school. When his enlistment was over, he joined the National Guard so he could go to college at LSU. He went on to a career in the army serving 17 years.

"He was really proud, he loved the army, loved what he did and was good at it," said Istre's grandfather, Harold Latiolais, Jr.

Latiolias said after two tours in Iraq and then his recent assignment in Afghanistan, Istre was in line to become a Major this year.

"I was so proud of him. But now it's coming to an end," he said.

Istre's wife is a Lieutenant in the Army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. She's now left to raise their three children on her own.

"And that little girl came crying to her momma, saying momma, when am I going see my daddy," recalled Latiolais. "Stuff like that just tears you up."

Though Istre hasn't lived in Louisiana for years, Jennings will be his final home.

"Jennings was special to him. And that's his wife's request, Aaron wants to be buried with his grandmother. And I said that's fine, we'll do what we can, we'll make the arrangements," said Latiolais.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday at Mathews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00 pm until 9 pm and will resume Thursday at 8:00 am until the funeral service. Any arrangements or condolences can be made through Matthews & Son Funeral Home.

The Army has not released any details on how Istre died. He was assigned to the HHC 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas.



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