Minnesota Guardsman Killed in Iraq
The Star Tribune reported that Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Greg Riewer, 28, was killed in Iraq while on patrol Friday near Fallujah. Riewer died at about 5:30 p.m., Iraq time, when a roadside explosive device struck his vehicle. The blast also injured three other Minnesota members of his unit. Their names and medical conditions have not been released. Riewer graduated from Frazee High School in 1997 and enlisted shortly after.
The Pioneer Press reported that Riewer was among the 2, 600 Minnesota National Guard soldiers whose service in Iraq was extended until August. Riewer was one of 13 children. Andrew Riewer, his brother, is deployed in Iraq in the same unit of the same company. The Guard is working to get him home, but there are no guarantees.
Funeral arrangements are pending.