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Army Spc. Sean K. McDonald

Died March 25, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

21, of Rosemount, Minn.; assigned to the 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Wiesbaden, Germany; died March 25 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Memorial service in Germany set for Minn. soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Army has scheduled a memorial service in Germany for a soldier who grew up in Minnesota and was killed March 25 in Iraq after a bomb exploded near his vehicle, the Army said.

Spc. Sean K. McDonald, 21, died in Baghdad from wounds he suffered in the explosion.

McDonald was assigned to the Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Wiesbaden, Germany.

He is the 55th person with strong Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maj. Wayne Marotto, a public affairs officer in Germany, said that his latest information indicates McDonald lived in Apple Valley and that his mother now lives in Europe.

“We wish to express our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Spc. Sean McDonald,” Marotto wrote in an e-mail. “He will be missed and we must not forget the valuable contribution Spc. McDonald made to his country and the impact he has left on the Army.”

Marotto said a memorial service would be held for McDonald on April 5 in Schweinfurt, Germany.

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