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Army Spc. Chad A. Edmundson

Died May 27, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Williamsburg, Pa.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; died May 27 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near unit while on a dismounted patrol.

Maj. Gen. tells of man of ‘enormous potential’

The Associated Press

Chad A. Edmundson helped build a foundation of teamwork and camaraderie by aggressively completing any mission without hesitation or complaint.

“Spc. Chad Edmundson was a builder. By the work of his hands and his winning spirit he built up those around him,” said Capt. Jason Hoffman. “He lifted up his squad and platoon with his high motivation.”

Edmundson, 20, of Williamsburg, Pa., died May 27 when a bomb went off while his squad was in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He was a 2008 high school graduate and was assigned to Altoona, Pa.

“He was an outgoing, great, really good kid. He just liked to make everybody happy,” said his cousin, Justin Swartz.

Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright said: “Spc. Edmundson was a dynamic, young soldier who had enormous potential in the military or any other career field he would have chosen.”

His sister, Jessica Miller, said he loved “skateboarding, bowling, golfing, fishing, wrestling, being with friends and family, and making his own rules.”

He is survived by his mother, Karen Cornell; his father, Roy Edmundson; and his fiancée, Jessica Welch.

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