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Press Release - Sgt. Turcotte

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2006

Minnesota National Guard Soldier Dies In Iraq Non-Hostile Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Maple Grove Resident

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Minnesota National Guard Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sgt Nicholas "Nick" Turcotte (pronounced "TURK-ott"), Age 23, of Maple Grove was killed in a vehicle accident on Monday, Dec 4 at approximately 6 am Iraq time He was in a vehicle escorting a logistics convoy with Soldiers of the West St Paul-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry when his armored security vehicle rolled over on a road near Al Nasiriyia The accident was not the result of hostile enemy action, and the cause is under investigation No other Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were injured in the accident "The loss of Sgt Turcotte is a tragedy, "said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, "he was proudly serving his State and Nation in a combat zone when this accident occurred It is with a heavy heart that I once again ask the citizens of Minnesota to remember this Soldier and his family in their prayers"

The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from outside the Minnesota National Guard Headquarters on Wednesday, Dec 6

NOTICE TO NEWS EDITORS:

-The family requests that media inquiries be directed to the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office at 651-268-8961 The family does not wish to be contacted by the media

- Details of funeral service will be provided as they become available, Visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org for up-to-date information or call Capt Trish Baker; 651-268-8961 Office; 651-775-5875 Cell; patricia.g.baker@mn.ngb.army.mil e-mail
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