MADELIA, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Thursday a soldier from southern Minnesota was one of five who died in a rocket attack on a base in Baghdad, Iraq Monday. It was the largest, single-day loss of life for U.S. forces in Iraq in two years.

Military officials say 20-year-old Sgt. Emilio Campo, Jr., of Madelia, and four comrades died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with a barrage of rockets in a Shiite neighborhood.

The five were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, of Fort Riley, Kan.

Family members say Campo was a medic who joined the U.S. Army to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.

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Comments (4)
  1. red says:

    how sad- sorry for the families loss- He had some big dreams for his future

  2. scheeler family says:

    our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son,
    our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Darren says:

    Sorry for your loss and thank you fof your ultimate sacrifice.

    Whom were the other soldiers that were killed and where were they from?

  4. Alisha Marie Grundmeyer says:

    This is all of them
    Spc. Emilio J. Campo Jr., 20, of Madelia, Minn.;
    Pfc. Michael B. Cook Jr., 27, of Middletown, Ohio;
    Pfc. Christopher B. Fishbeck, 24, of Victorville, Calif.;
    Spc. Robert P. Hartwick, 20, of Rockbridge, Ohio; and
    Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, 26, Chicago, Ill

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