INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Three Indiana National Guard soldiers have died in Iraq in the past week and a fourth lies wounded in one of the deadliest weeks in years for the state's Guard units.
37-year-old Sgt. Brian K. Miller of Pendleton died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a vehicle rollover during combat operations in Abd Allah.
Two other Hoosier guardsmen - 34-year-old Sgt. Gary Henry of
Indianapolis and 22-year-old Spc. Jonathan Menke of Madison - died
Monday in a roadside bombing near Baghdad.
A third soldier riding in the soldiers' vehicle, 25-year-old Spc. John Blickenstaff of the north-central Indiana town of Twelve Mile, was injured. He's listed in "very serious" condition.
All four of the soldiers were on their first tour of duty in Iraq and were scheduled to return home early next year.
Indiana Adjutant General Major General R. Martin Umbarger calls
the soldiers "kind of the best of the best."
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