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Staff Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr. Final Arrangements

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2007

Funeral Services Announced for Minnesota National Guard Soldier Killed In Iraq


The funeral details for SSgt James M Wosika Jr, Age 24, of St Paul have been announced. SSgt Wosika died in Fallujah, Iraq on January 9th when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a foot patrol. He was assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Crookston, Minnesota. Wosika has been promoted posthumously from the rank of Sergeant to Staff Sergeant.

Wake (Outside Open to Media)
3 pm to 8 pm
Thursday, January 18
Highland Park Senior High School
1015 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55107

Funeral (Outside open to the Media)
10 am to 11:30 am
Friday, January 19
Cathedral of St Paul
239 Selby AVE
St Paul, MN 55102

At the request of the family, no media are invited to the funeral mass

Interment (Open to Media)
12 pm to 12:30 pm
Friday, January 19
Ft Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th AVE S
Minneapolis, MN 55450

At the request of the family, media are asked to film or photograph at a distance

Cards and Flowers:

O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
Highland Park Chapel
575 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55116

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, 651-268-8949 (Office), 651-775-4392 (Cell)


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