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Three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers killed in Iraq

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom The Soldiers died when insurgents attacked their unit using indirect fire - a term usually reserved for mortars, rockets and artillery

Spc Daniel P Drevnick, Age 22, of Woodbury, Spc James Wertish, Age 20, of Olivia and Spc Carlos E Wilcox IV, Age 27, of Cottage Grove were killed in combat All three Soldiers were assigned to Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, 34th infantry Division

The Soldiers were killed by an indirect fire attack at 9:15 pm Thursday, July 16 (local Iraq time) on Contingency Operating Base Basra

"We mourn the loss of these three Soldiers; they were truly part of our National Guard family,"�said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, "Please take a moment to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by these three brave men We will never forget the dedication, loyalty and bravery shown by these Soldiers for the United States of America and the state of Minnesota I ask that you keep these Soldiers, their families and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers now and forever"�

Members of the media are invited to a press conference at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 18 at the Stillwater National Guard Armory, 107 E Chestnut St Stillwater, MN 55082

Lt. Col. Michael Wickman, the Rear Detachment Commander of 34th Infantry Division will make the official statement to the media

The Minnesota National Guard will operate a media information center at the Stillwater National Guard Armory, 107 E Chestnut St Stillwater, MN 55082 on Saturday, July 18 The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from the Stillwater Armory


- Details of funeral services will be provided as they become available

For more information and updates on the fallen Soldiers and the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-268-8855

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