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RI soldier killed in Iraq awarded medals posthumously

By Mark Reynolds | The Providence Journal, R.I. | Published: March 5, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (Tribune News Service) — The family of a Newport native and soldier who was killed by a bomb while serving in Iraq in 2006 received the young man's medals, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, during a ceremony Friday.

Sgt. Michael Weidemann was 23 years old when an improvised explosive device detonated near a tactical vehicle in Hit, Iraq, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

Weidemann graduated from Rogers High School and a month later enlisted in the Army to serve in the 1st Armored Division.

His sister, Catherine Weidemann, of West Warwick, received the medals on behalf of her brother.

"We owe Sgt. Weidemann a debt of gratitude we can never repay, and his service will never be forgotten," Reed said.

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