Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Garrett Steven Hjelmstad

Bismarck, North Dakota

May 28, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Cpl

1-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 He was killed in Salah Ad Din Province, when an IED detonated near his convoy.

From Bismarck Tribune 06/01/07:

BISMARCK- Garrett Steven Hjelmstad, 22, died May 28th, 2007 from injuries sustained from an IED hitting his convoy vehicle. 

Born June 27th, 1985 in Bismarck ND, Mr. Hjelmstad grew up and worked until the age of 18 when he graduated from Bismarck High School in 2003. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army; where after completing basic training was assigned as a Parachutist in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He was a Corporal. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was his second deployment to Iraq. Mr. Hjelmstad had many decorations while he was in the Army, including the Bronze Star for valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, among others. He was also awarded the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. 

Garrett is survived by his parents Carlyle and Sherry, of Bismarck; two brothers, Carlyle Jr., of Fargo, and Jeffrey, of Fort Drum NY; three sisters, Mary Hobbs, of Fargo, Lisa Barber, of Bismarck, and Carla, of Boone NC; his maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lena Harvey, of Fargo; his paternal grandparents, Steven and Evie May Hjelmstad, of Bismarck; two nieces, four nephews, and a number of cousins. 

Visitation will be held at 1:00pm- 2:45pm, June 4th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bismarck. The funeral service will be held at 3:00pm right after visitation with Father Harold Thompson officiating. Graveside services will follow right after at St. Mary’s Cemetery behind the church. 

Perry Funeral Home is providing the services for the Hjelmstad family.

DATE POSTED: MAY 30, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: 82nd Airborne Soldier dies in Iraq

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An 82nd Airborne Soldier died May 28 in the Salah Ad Din Province in Iraq, while conducting a routine patrol.

Cpl. Garrett S. Hjelmstad, assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) died in Salah Ad Din from injuries sustained by and Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his convoy vehicle. 

Hjelmstad, 22, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was his second deployment to Iraq..

Growing up in Bismarck, North Dakota, Hjelmstad enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated from basic combat training in Aug. 2003.

He was assigned as a parachutist with the 1-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. 

Hjelmstad’s awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal for valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge

His parents, Carlyle and Sherry Hjelmstad of Bismarck, ND, survive Hjelmstad.

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