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.
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