Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq

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Minnesotans who have
died in Iraq, Afghanistan
The number of people with strong Minnesota ties who have died in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reached 45 when Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Witte, 27, of Beardsley, died Oct. 20 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when a bomb exploded near his vehicle during a combat patrol.

The list:

1. Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott, 20, of Shakopee, Army, killed July 3, 2003, when a sniper shot him in the neck outside the national museum in Baghdad.

2. Sgt. Brian R. Hellermann, 35, formerly of Freeport, Army, killed Aug. 6, 2003, in an ambush in Baghdad.

3. Staff Sgt. Dale A. Panchot, 26, of Northome, Army, killed Nov. 17, 2003, in an ambush on his patrol near Balad.

4. Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Dorff, 32, of Minneapolis, Army, died Jan. 25, 2004, when his helicopter crashed in the Tigris River while on a rescue mission.

5. Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, 18, of Kettle River, Marines, found dead in Kuwaiti chapel March 7, 2004. Military investigators said he shot himself.

6. Cpl. Tyler R. Fey, 22, of Eden Prairie, Marines, killed in fighting April 4, 2004, in Al Anbar Province.

7. Pfc. Moises Langhorst, 19, of Moose Lake, Marines, killed in hostile fire April 5, 2004, in Al Anbar Province.

8. Lance Cpl. Levi Angell, 20, of Cloquet, Marines, killed April 8, 2004, in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Al Anbar Province.

9. Spc. James Holmes, 28, of East Grand Forks, Minn., North Dakota National Guard, wounded May 3, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on vehicle patrol, died May 8, 2004, in Landstuhl, Germany.

10. Cpl. Demetrius Lamont Rice, 24, of Ortonville, Army, died July 14, 2004, in a vehicle rollover near Talafar, 45 miles from Mosul in northern Iraq.

11. Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren, 25, of South St. Paul, Navy, collapsed in non-combat incident Sept. 11, 2004, near Iskandariayah, Iraq. Death ruled natural causes.

12. John Pinsonneault, 39, of North Branch, civilian contractor for Iraq security firm when killed by bomb Oct. 14, 2004, in Baghdad.

13. Spc. Daniel McConnell, 26, of Duluth, Army, killed Nov. 16, 2004, in vehicle rollover in Kirkuk.

14. Spc. Dwayne James McFarlane Jr., 20, of Cass Lake, Army, died Jan. 9, 2005, from bomb attack while on patrol in Baghdad.

15. Sgt. Mike Carlson, 22, of St. Paul, Army, died Jan. 24, 2005, in Mohammed Sacran, Iraq, with four others when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned.

16. Sgt. 1st Class Mickey E. Zaun, 27, of Brooklyn Park, Army, died Jan. 28, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq of injuries after two armored vehicles collided.

17. 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman, 24, of Tracy, Army National Guard, died Feb. 21, 2005, when roadside bomb went off in Baghdad.

18. Staff Sgt. David Day, 25, of St. Louis Park, Army National Guard, died Feb. 21, 2005, when roadside bomb went off in Baghdad.

19. Sgt. Jesse Lhotka, 24, of Alexandria, Army National Guard, died Feb. 21, 2005, when roadside bomb went off in Baghdad.

20. Spec. Travis Bruce, 22, of Rochester, Army, died March 23, 2005, in Baghdad when struck by a rocket-propelled grenade as he stood on the roof of a building his unit was guarding.

21. Capt. Kelly C. Hinz, 30, of Woodbury, Marines, died May 2, 2005, when the F/A-18 Hornet jet he was piloting crashed with another jet fighter in south-central Iraq.

22. Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Lourey, 40, who grew up in Kerrick, Army, died May 26, 2005, when the Kiowa Warrior helicopter he was flying was shot down in Iraq.

23. 1st Lt. Michael Fasnacht, 25, of Mankato, Army, died June 8, 2005, when a roadside bomb hit the Bradley fighting vehicle he was driving while on parole in Iraq.

24. Sgt. Bryan James Opskar, 32, of Moorhead, Marines, died July 23, 2005, in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded near Ar Rutbah, Iraq.

25. Sgt. Mike Benson, 40, of Winona, Army, died Aug. 10 of injuries suffered Aug. 2 while riding in a convoy that was struck by a bomb in Baghdad.

26. Pfc. Elden D. Arcand, 22, of White Bear Lake, Army, died Aug. 21, 2005, along with a soldier from Michigan when their M915A1 tractor pulling a 7,500-gallon tanker accidentally rolled over in Mosul, Iraq.

27. Spc. Jacob T. Vanderbosch, 21, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., died Oct. 3 along with soldiers from Ohio and Florida in Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations.

28. Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus, 40, of St. Paul, Marines, killed Nov. 26, 2005, while conducting combat operations near Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Apparently his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

29. Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen, 24, of New Hope, a 2000 graduate of Cooper High School in New Hope, one of 10 Marines killed Dec. 1, 2005, when buried artillery shells were detonated outside an abandoned flour mill the Marines had been using as a temporary patrol base in Fallujah.

30. Marine Cpl. Anthony McElveen, 21, of Little Falls, a 2003 graduate of Little Falls High School, one of 10 Marines killed Dec. 1, 2005, when buried artillery shells were detonated outside an abandoned flour mill the Marines had been using as a temporary patrol base in Fallujah.

31. Marine Staff Sgt. Kenneth B. Pospisil, 35, of Andover, died Dec. 14, 2005, when a bomb he was going to disarm went off while he was involved in combat near Ar Ramadi.

32. Kyle Kaszynski, 39, of rural Elmwood, Wis., died Dec. 22, 2005, when a roadside bomb in Iraq killed him. He was working for a private security company, Kroll Inc. Kaszynski is a former St. Paul police officer and also worked as a police officer in Bemidji.

33. Army Reserve Maj. Stuart Anderson, 44, of Peosta, Iowa, a native of west-central Minnesota, died Jan. 7 in a military helicopter crash in northern Iraq.

34. Roland C. Barvels, 42, of Aberdeen, S.D., a native of Fairmont, Minn., who graduated from high school in Underwood, Minn. He was working as an international police liaison officer for DynCorp international. He died Jan. 18 when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Basra.

35. Army Cpl. Andrew J. Kemple, 23, of Cambridge, died Feb. 12 when his Humvee came under small arms fire in Tikrit. Kemple was assigned to the Army's 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

36. Chief Warrant Officer Eric W. Totten, 34, most recently of Ft. Campbell, Ky., grew up in St. Paul and Golden Valley, Minn., and died May 5 when his helicopter fell into a ravine in Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

37. Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio III, 22, the son of Robert Posivio Jr. and Patti Posivio of rural Sherburn, died May 23 when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

38. Marine Capt. Nathanael J. Doring, 31, of Apple Valley, Minn., died after his AH-1 Cobra helicopter crashed May 27 during a maintenance test flight in Anbar province in Iraq. The military ruled the crash an accident and not combat related.

39. National Guard Spc. Brent W. Koch, 22, of Morton, Minn., died June 16, 2006, in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, when an explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

40. National Guard Spc. Kyle R. Miller, 19, of Willmar, Minn., died June 29, 2006, near Balad, Iraq, after a bomb exploded near his military vehicle.

41. Army Spec. Troy Carlin Linden, 22, of Rochert, Minn., died July 8, 2006, in Al Anbar province when a roadside bomb went off near the Humvee he was driving. He was posthumously promoted to corporal.

42. Army Spc. Qixing Lee, 20, of Minneapolis, di

A U.S. Army soldier from western Minnesota has died of injuries suffered when a bomb exploded near his vehicle during a combat patrol in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Sunday. Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Witte, 27, of Beardsley, died Friday in Baghdad, the Defense Department said. Witte was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division based in Baumholder, Germany. Relatives in Beardsley said they were too distraught to speak publicly about Witte or his death, saying only that he was a good soldier. Witte, a 1997 graduate of Beardsley High School, was the 45th Minnesotan to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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