Still no answers in death of Wright City soldier

Still no answers in death of Wright City soldier

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The father of a soldier from Wright City said Monday that his family is still waiting for more information about the death of his son last week.

Michael Bregg said it's difficult not knowing how his son, Pvt. Lucas M. Bregg, 19, died Wednesday in Baghdad.

"It's difficult, but I have to stick with the parts I do know," said Michael Bregg of Wright City. "And I'd like to think I knew my son pretty well. I will cherish the memories that I do have and honor him."

Lucas Bregg died of injuries from a non-combat-related incident, the Defense Department said last week. The incident remained under investigation Monday, an Army spokeswoman said.

He had been serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom for five months and was to return home later this month to marry his fiancée.

The funeral is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Baue Funeral and Memorial Center Chapel in St. Charles. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Lucas Bregg grew up in St. Charles County and attended Francis Howell North High School. During his senior year, he moved to Wright City to live with his father.

Other survivors include his mother, Tracie Green of St. Charles County; two brothers, Zachary Bregg of Wright City and Colton Bregg of St. Charles County; and a sister, Taylor Bregg of St. Charles County.

After graduating last year from Wright City High, Lucas worked as a roofer and was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life, his father said.

After he settled on the Army, recruiters turned him down at first because of bad eyesight. Lucas Bregg asked them to reconsider, and he joined the Army one year ago this week.

Michael Bregg last heard from his son the day before he died - a text message wishing him a happy wedding anniversary. He was in good spirits, saying he couldn't wait to get back to town, and that they would celebrate the anniversary as well as his wedding and Father's Day all at once, because he had been away, his father said.

"We watched him become a man we're damn proud of," Michael Bregg said. "We wish he was here."

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