Hero Stories for Minnesota

Benjamin S. Kopp

Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp, 21, of Rosemount, Minnesota, died July 18, 2009, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington of wounds suffered July 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. Cpl. Kopp was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. </d

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Thomas J. Gramith

Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of Eagan, Minnesota, died July 17, 2009, in a F-15E crash near Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Capt. Gramith was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. </d

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Carlos E. Wilcox IV

Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, died July 16, 2009, in Basra, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Spc. Wilcox was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minnesota. </d

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James D. Wertish

Spc. James D. Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minnesota, died July 16, 2009, in Basra, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Spc. Wertish was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minnesota. </d

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Daniel P. Drevnick

Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Minnesota, died July 16, 2009, in Basra, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Spc. Drevnick was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minnesota. </d

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Chester W. Hosford

Spc. Chester W. Hosford, 35, of Hastings, Minnesota, died July 6, 2009, in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Spc. Hosford was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry Regiment, Dixon, Illinois. </d

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