Minnesota National Guard
Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer
Frazee, Minnesota
Age 28

Staff Sgt. Greg Ninerd Riewer, 28 of Frazee was killed in combat. While conducting a mounted patrol, Soldiers of A Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry encountered an Improvised Explosive Device near Fallujah, Iraq on Friday, March 23rd at approximately 5:30 p.m. Iraq time.   The Improvised Explosive Device detonated near the vehicle of Minnesota National Guard Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer, killing him.  Three other Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were reported injured in the incident.

A father's thoughts

Greg was the type of guy that took pride in everything he did. He always made me smile! I loved calling him "smiley". Greg was very quiet but had a big heart and loved his family.

Greg loved baseball, football, riding his motorcycle and hunting with his family. Greg always enjoyed throwing the football or baseball around with his brothers. Greg's brother Andy was a huge inspiration to him. They were truly best friends. Greg didn't say much but would smile to let you know he loved you. Greg enjoyed basketball, baseball, riding motorcycle, and friends. Greg enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. They were the apple of his eye. He also liked listening to music whenever he had a chance. Greg, along with his dad and brothers, are avid hunters. We always got a kick out of him when he would return to deer camp with his buck but not say anything about it until asked hours later. I will miss the sight of him returning at the end of the day in his blaze orange, oversized coveralls! My image of Greg was when he would jump on his bike in the middle of the night. He was always proud of his bike even though it bothered mom that he had bought and then upgraded it to be more powerful. I think he felt most free on his motorcycle. A mother couldn't ask for a better son-always loving, always caring, always there to help everyone. I had so much love for him as he did for me. I will miss hugging and holding my son. With eight boys, one doesn't want to lose any one of them. Greg was always a very obedient person and never a minutes trouble. He was always ready to help with whatever and never complained. I will miss him horribly. -Dad

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Funeral Program
Our Fallen Troops

Press Release
All Were Soldiers


Veterans Day 2007 Pioneer Press Article

Stories by family members
Compiled by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
Photos by Ben Garvin and family member contributions

NorthStar GUARD Online

In The News: 4/5/2007
Small town remembers fallen Soldier

In The News: 4/4/2007
Frazee Soldier laid to rest

NorthStar GUARD Online: 4/4/07
Honoring a fallen Minnesota hero, Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

In The News: 3/27/07
Family pays tribute to hometown hero Greg Riewer

NorthStar GUARD Online: 3/26/07
Photos- Staff Sgt. Riewer

NorthStar GUARD Online: 3/24/07
Podcast- Sgt. Riewer Press Conference

In The News: 3/24/07
Video- Fallen Soldier, KSTP Ch. 5 Eyewitness News

In The News: 3/24/07
Video- Minnesota has lost another Soldier, KARE 11 News

In The News: 3/24/07
Article- State Guardsman killed in Iraq; 3 hurt, Star Tribune