We're learning more about the latest Minnesota national Guardsman to die in Iraq. He's a man who leaves behind 12 siblings, including a brother still serving in the same war zone.
The Guard says 28-year-old Sergeant Greg N. Riewer, of Frazee, was killed while on patrol yesterday in Fallujah.
He was with soldiers from the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. The Guard says three other Minnesota National Guard soldiers were injured in the attack. They have not been identified because the military does not release the names of injured soldiers.
Major General Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of Minnesota, says the loss of Sergeant Riewer is a tragedy. He says Riewer was proudly serving his state and nation in a combat zone when he was taken,
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Fifty-four people with strong Minnesota ties have died in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On the Net: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
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