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Mourners in Moorhead say goodbye to soldier killed in Iraq

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Mourners gathered at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Thursday to say goodbye to a 22-year-old soldier who was killed in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Nelson died Aug. 29 in Muqdadiyah, about 55 miles northeast of Baghdad, when insurgents attacked his unit. He was on his third tour of duty.

The Rev. August Gothman noted that those who served in World War Two are often called, "The Greatest Generation."

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He said those serving now are part of their own greatest generation.

Nelson was a Moorhead native who joined the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division after graduating from Shanley High School in Fargo, N.D., in 2003.

He will be buried Friday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Nelson is the 63rd person with strong Minnesota ties to have died in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

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