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The loss of their son Joshua in Iraq in 2007 has been difficult for Kim and Greg Schmit of Willmar. They have come to know lots of sacrifice and pain since Sept. 11, 2001. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

A day many remember for its terror is but the starting point for this Willmar family's journey of sacrifice and pain


Specialist Kyle Miller's death while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq on June 29, 2006, was heart-breaking and unnerving news for Kim Schmit. She worked with the fallen soldier's stepmother and knew the 19-year-old soldier's boyhood ties to Willmar and Bird Island.

From her home in Willmar, she relayed the tragic news by telephone to her son Joshua as he served with the 1451st Transportation Company in Iraq. He sought to calm her nerves.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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