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DOD: Illinois soldier dies in Afghanistan

Posted by wlpo on July 15, 2012

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Federal defense officials say a 25-year-old Army sergeant from northern Illinois has died in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Sunday that Michael Ristau died Friday in the Zabul province of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Ristau joined the Army in July 2004 and has been at Lewis-McChord since he completed his training. The Army says he deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011. It previously served in Iraq from June 2006 through August 2007.

The Army says Ristau was married and had one child.

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