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

Eric R Sieger

Layton, Utah

February 1, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
18 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Died at Buritz, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over.

From abc4.com 02/12/07:
Utah soldier laid to rest

Last Update: Feb 12, 2007 7:45 PM

Story by:
Reed Cowan
reed@abc4.com

The family of a fallen Utah soldier killed while serving in Iraq laid their son to rest Monday at Camp Williams. As a bugler played TAPS, SPC Eric Rudolph Sieger's family received the Bronze Star for their son's bravery in service.

The military has not told the Sieger family exactly what killed their son on February 1st, only to say that the eighteen year old died in a Bradley rollover. Sieger's father feels the Bronze Star Awarded to his son must mean that the soldier died in a situation that required tremendous bravery, saying, "Right now I think he is a bigger man that I am."

Sieger was adopted in to his family at the age of ten. Governor Huntsman and the First Presidency of the LDS Church sent words of comfort to the family who has three other children serving in the military.

The letter signed by Gordon B. Hinckley read, in part, "Courage and patriotism is not automatic for children. It must be planted in their minds and in their hearts by their family."

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