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3rd Stryker Brigade soldier killed in Zabul Province

Post by News Tribune Staff on July 15, 2012 at 10:40 am |
July 15, 2012 1:14 pm

A 25-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier from Illinois died Friday in Afghanistan after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Michael E. Ristau, of Rockford, Ill., died July 13 after the attack in Zabul Province, according to an Army press release.

He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade at JBLM.

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.

The Army said Ristau was married and had two sons.

Ristau’s family released this statement Sunday afternoon:

“Sergeant Michael Ristau, husband, father, son, brother, died serving the country that he loved. He will live on forever in our memories. Though his time on earth was short, his impact was huge. We have lost our Michael, but we are still so proud of him and his choice to serve our nation. He had a tremendous love for life and was passionate about bull riding. He leaves behind a wife, two sons and many family and friends. We want to thank all of our friends, family, community and the nation for their prayers and support during this time of great loss.”

courtesy Michael Ristau family
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