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Soldier from Willmar laid to rest in his hometown

Dead soldier
By Candice Dehnbostel

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua A. Schmit was laid to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Willmar after being killed by a roadside bomb near Fallujah in Iraq, reported the West Central Tribune. He was 26.

Schmit died ten days before his tour of duty was to end, according to KARE 11. He was the 58th Minnesotan to die in the war in Iraq.

During his funeral, Schmit was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Iraq War Campaign ribbon and Meritorious Service Award, according to The Associated Press.