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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Campo funeral Friday

  •     Army Specialist Emilio Campo Jr. will receive military honors at his funeral this Friday, June 10th at the Calvary Cemetery in Madelia. Services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church begin at 1:00 p.m. for Campo, the Army medic and Madelia native who was killed in action Monday, June 6th, in Iraq. Campo was 20 years old.


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  •     Army Specialist Emilio Campo Jr. will receive military honors at his funeral this Friday, June 10th at the Calvary Cemetery in Madelia. Services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church begin at 1:00 p.m. for Campo, the Army medic and Madelia native who was killed in action Monday, June 6th, in Iraq. Campo was 20 years old.
        The United States Department of Defense confirmed the death of Emilio Campo Jr. in a press release late last week. Campo was one of five soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley (Kansas) to be killed in action on the morning of Monday, June 6th, Baghdad time.
        “Spc. Emilio Campo, Pfc. Michael Cook, Pfc. Christopher Fishbeck, Spc. Robert Hartwick, and Pfc. Michael Olivieri were killed when insurgents launched an indirect fire attack on their base,” read the release.
        “We are deeply saddened by the loss of these young heroes and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Gainey, the soldiers’ battalion commander.
        “Indirect fire is the firing of munitions at an enemy that is not a direct line of sight,” writes Master Sgt. Matt Howard of the 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs. “For example, rifles, tanks and IEDs are direct fire weapons - you see the enemy and you shoot at them. Rockets and mortars are examples of indirect fire.”
        There are approximately 600 deployed soldiers from Campo’s battalion. Each of the five soldiers killed had served less than two years in the Army and were in their first duty deployment, according to the release. Two men, Pfc. Cook, 27, and Spc. Hartwick, 20, hailed from Ohio; Pfc. Olivieri, 26, was from Chicago; Pfc. Fishbeck, 24, lived in California.

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