Kansas Adjutant General's Department

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Kansas Guardsman Killed In Iraq

Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, announces the death of Spc. Ronald Andrew Schmidt, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, killed in Iraq. He died early today (Sunday, August 3, 2008).
Schmidt, 18, (DOB Aug. 5, 1989) a resident of Newton, Kan. died when the vehicle he was in overturned while on patrol on Saturday, August 2, 2008.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Specialist Ronald Andrew Schmidt,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his loved ones and fellow soldiers need our prayers through this very difficult time.”

“It’s a tragic day for our Kansas National Guard family,” Bunting said. “Our hearts go out to the family of Spc. Schmidt, and we will do everything we possibly can to support them through this time. We ask so much of our soldiers, hoping and praying they never have to give their life as Spc. Schmidt did. We are honored to have known him and will remember him accordingly.”

Schmidt enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard on Jan. 27, 2007 during his senior year at Newton High School. He began his military career with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery and was trained as a cannon crewman upon graduation from Newton High in May 2007. He was promoted to Private First Class (Pfc.) on Nov. 28, 2007 and then to Specialist (Spc.)
Schmidt is survived by his mother, Andrea Maria Schmidt, of Newton, and his uncle Paul Schmidt, of Goddard.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Schmidt is the tenth Kansas Army Guardsmen to have died in the Global War on Terror since the war began.




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