INDIANA (WISH) — Journalist James Foley will be remembered as respected and well-liked among Indiana soldiers.
Foley was murdered by Islamic State militants in a video posted online Tuesday.
He had embedded with the Indiana National Guard 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Troop in Iraq, in 2008.
A spokesperson released a statement Wednesday, saying, “The Indiana National Guard sends our deepest condolences to the family of James Foley. Jim served alongside troops of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Troop in Iraq as an embedded reporter in 2008. He was able to document the war and tell the story to the American public from the perspective of the Soldier. He was very well liked by many of the troops and had a genuine appreciation for them and the job they were required to do. The Soldiers he served alongside in the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will certainly miss him.”
News 18’s sister station WISH-TV also spoke with a guardsman from Indiana, who couldn’t share his name, about Foley.
The soldier said Foley was embedded with his unit for just 14 hours, but he said Foley made an impact on him for the rest of his life. He never forgot him.
“What James Foley did for us, when talking about what happened out there that day, what my soldiers went through. He captured a day where someone survived, because the soldiers did everything right. “
“When I can’t talk about what happened, I can go upstairs, grab a laminated copy of the story he wrote, hand it to my son.. And say, this is what they did out there that day,” he added.
“He will forever live on in my memory, as that man, who was so respected,” he said. “That’s the guy I’m going to remember. Not the guy in those photos, but the guy who did his job, and did it perfectly, and that is very, very rare.”