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Members of the honor guard firing detail stand at attention Monday during the burial of Army National Guard Spc. James Wertish at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Olivia. Wertish, who was killed July 16 in Iraq, was honored with a rifle salute. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Olivia soldier remembered as typical teen, dreamed of becoming a police officer

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BIRD ISLAND -- Army National Guard Spc. James Wertish was remembered at his funeral Monday morning as a young man who "raised a little hell now and then" but was willing to lay down his life for others.


Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, a specialist with the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division, was killed July 16 in a missile attack at a military base near Basra, Iraq.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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