Schweinfurt community plans memorial for soldier
A memorial service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. April 5 for a Schweinfurt, Germany-based soldier who was killed Sunday in Iraq.
Spc. Sean K. McDonald of Company A, 9th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was killed in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle, according to a Defense Department news release.
McDonald’s service will be at Ledward Chapel on Ledward Barracks.
No further information on McDonald’s death was available from the military on Thursday.
McDonald’s hometown was listed as Rosemount, Minn., a southern suburb of Minneapolis. McDonald’s battalion is based at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.
School records showed that McDonald attended sixth grade at Valley Middle School in nearby Apple Valley in 1998, according to Tony Taschner, a school district spokesman. But he moved out of the state after that, according to the records.
McDonald turned 21 on Dec. 25, according to the battalion newsletter. That was the same day that three other soldiers from Company A — Sgt. John T. Bubeck, 25, Pfc. Andrew H. Nelson, 19, and Spc. Aaron L. Preston, 29 — were killed in Baghdad while conducting route-clearing and roadside bomb removal operations.
McDonald’s death was at least the 26th suffered by the Schweinfurt-based “Dagger Brigade” since it deployed last summer to Iraq.