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Tribune photo by Ron Adams Members of the honor guard firing detail stand at attention during the interment of Spc. James Wertish at the Olivia St Aloysius Cemetery on Monday afternoon as they wait to honor the soldier with a rifle salute.

Olivia soldier remembered as typical teen, wanted to be police officer

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BIRD ISLAND -- Army National Guard Spc. James Wertish was remembered at his funeral Monday morning as a young man who "raised a little hell now and then" but was willing to lay down his life for others.


Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, a specialist with the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division, was killed July 16 in a missile attack at a military base near Basra, Iraq.

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