Soldier from La Crosse killed in Iraq

Associated Press

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A soldier who had been working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing in La Crosse, and who was a member of the Rochester-based 97th Military Police Battalion, was killed in Iraq on Friday.

U.S. Army Reserve Specialist Rachael Hugo, 24, was assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade.

Though a member of the military police, she kept volunteering to go out with the troops when she could have stayed back on base, a great uncle says.

"That’s the kind of person she was," said Robert Hugo, of Madison, Wis.


The U.S. Defense Department said Saturday that Rachael Hugo died Friday when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

Juanita Davis, 21, who described herself as a friend of the soldier, said Hugo had been working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse before she was deployed to Iraq a little more than a year ago.

"She would do anything for anybody," Davis said. "Her heart was always in everything that she did."

Department of Defense

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