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Army 1st Lt. Edward M. Saltz

Died December 22, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

27, of Bigfork, Mont.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Giessen, Germany; killed in action Dec. 22 by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.

Service set for first Montana soldier killed in Iraq

Associated Press

BIGFORK, Mont. — Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 2 for Army 1st Lt. Edward Matthew Saltz of Bigfork, the first Montana soldier to die in the Iraq war.

The service will be at 1 p.m. in the Bigfork High School gymnasium. The Rev. Jan Whitman will officiate.

Burial with full military honors will follow at the Bigfork Community Cemetery.

Saltz, 27, was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee on Dec. 22 in Baghdad. Another soldier who served with Saltz in the 1st Armored Division, plus an Iraqi translator, also died, and two other soldiers were wounded.

Saltz, the son of Richard and Catherine Saltz of Bigfork, was a graduate of Bigfork High School and Montana State University.

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