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Army Capt. Dale A Goetz

Died August 30, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

43, of White, S.D.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Aug. 30 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed in the attack were Army Pfc. Chad D. Clements, Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Kessler and Army Staff Sgt. Matthew J. West.

Army chaplain to be honored in White

The Associated Press

WHITE, S.D. — A memorial service in the South Dakota town of White is planned Saturday for U.S. Army Capt. Dale Goetz, one of five soldiers killed Aug. 30 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Goetz, a member of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., served as pastor of First Baptist Church in White from 2000 through 2003.

He is the first Army chaplain killed in action since 1970, during the Vietnam War.

The memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium of Deubrook High School, according to the Watertown Public Opinion.

Chaplain Perry Schmitt of Fort McCoy, Wis., will be the main speaker.

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