Remembering Albert Henry Haasby Senator Claire McCaskill
Posted on 2013-12-13
McCASKILL. Madam President, I ask that the Senate join me in
honoring the life of Albert Henry Haas. Albert was killed November 29
in a mortar attack at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where he
was serving as a civilian aircraft mechanic.
Albert had a long career in service to our country, dating back to his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and continuing in the Army Reserves during the conflict in Bosnia. Following 30 years of military service, Albert retired and began a 30-year career in aircraft maintenance for companies such as TWA and American Airlines.
Albert had a passion for life that he shared with those around him. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and learning about different cultures. He was fascinated with and very knowledgeable about all mechanical things that move like trains, helicopters, and planes. Those around him will remember him as a comical person who was able to make all around him feel comfortable and welcomed.
As the daughter of a caring, loving father who always told me I could achieve anything, and that there were no jobs too tough for me, I was especially happy to hear about Albert's advice for his two daughters. He instilled in them from an early age that they could do anything they put their mind to, without regard to their gender. This resulted in them helping rewire the entire house and working on roof repairs with Albert. Just as I am thankful on a daily basis for the lessons my father taught me, I know Albert's children are thankful for the memories and teachings of their father.
On behalf of the Senate, I wish to offer my condolences to Albert's wife of 41 years, Bay Thi, their three adult children, Thao Haas of Texas, Tina V. Smith of Belleville, IL, and Lisa R. Carnahan of St. Louis, MO, and his eight grandchildren. Albert's life was an example to those around him and I hope his family can take comfort in the memories they shared with him.