Tribute held for Shelter Island war hero and his unit

A group of soldiers gathered on Shelter Island today for a special tribute to a fallen comrade who saved his unit in Afghanistan.Members of the

SHELTER ISLAND - A group of soldiers gathered on Shelter Island today for a special tribute to a fallen comrade who saved his unit in Afghanistan.

Members of the 71st Cavalry Unit, 10th Mountain Division, called the Banshees, were greeted with banners and huge flags in Lt. Joe Theinert's hometown. Theinert was killed by an explosive device last year.

The Banshee unit traveled from Fort Drum to lay a wreath and honor Theinert's family and the community that raised him. His father, James Theinert, says he's overwhelmed by the honor.

"Joe's mission was to bring his troops home safely, and we're celebrating the fact that these guys are back," he says.

Upon their arrival, the soldiers in the unit were accompanied by veterans in a motorcycle escort. Theinert's brother piloted the ferry named in the lieutenant's honor.

The Banshee unit will stay on Shelter Island through the weekend for the first-year memorial for Theinert, a church service and a barbecue at the American Legion Hall.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

1 Farmingdale State men's basketball headed to NCAA tourney
2 Tebow begins MLB dream in Mets spring training
The controversial Islandia casino opened for business Monday. 3 Jakes 58 casino opens in Islandia
News 12's Lily Stolzberg has some trivia about 4 On the Spot: TV shows
A new study warns that current strains of 5 Study: Today's pot more potent

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE