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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Killed in Afghanistan, remains arrive in U.S.

  • An AP story from Wednesday stated that two North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, the state Guard's first casualties in the war on terror in six years. A third soldier was wounded.
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  • An AP story from Wednesday stated that two North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, the state Guard's first casualties in the war on terror in six years. A third soldier was wounded.
    Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, 41, of Devils Lake, and Spc. Tyler Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, died Monday when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle, the Guard said.
    Spc. Ian Placek, 23, of Bismarck, was wounded. He was in stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, according to the Guard.
    The ND National Guard provided the following information about the two deceased guard members.
    Darren M. Linde
    Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde
    Age: 41
    Hometown: Devils Lake, N.D.
    Graduated from Sidney High School (Montana) in 1989
    Military History
    •Military Occupational Specialties:
    Combat Engineer (12B), Cannon Crewmember (13B), Bridge Crewmember (12C)
    •Awards and Decorations
    Bronze Star Medal (Posthumously)
    Purple Heart (Posthumously)
    Army Commendation Medal
    Army Good Conduct Medal
    Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3 awards) National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star (2 awards) Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star (Transition 1 Campaign) Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star (Iraqi Surge Campaign) Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2 Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon NATO Medal (Posthumously) Combat Action Badge (Awarded July 28, 2012) Sapper Tab Meritorious Unit Commendation Marksman Badge, 9mm Pistol
    •State Awards
    North Dakota Legion of Merit
    North Dakota National Guard Commendation Ribbon North Dakota National Guard Achievement Ribbon North Dakota National Guard Service Ribbon North Dakota National Guard Basic Training Ribbon Montana National Guard Campaign Ribbon
    •Military Schools
    Officer Candidate School
    Advanced Leadership Course/Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course Sapper Leadership Course Combat Engineer Advanced Individual Training Course Combat Life Saver Training Bridge Crewmember (12C) Route Reconnaissance and Clearance Course Army Instructor Course
    •Military Service Dates
    North Dakota Army National Guard: December 1990 – May 1995 U.S. Army: May 1995 – October 1996 Montana Army National Guard: September 1998 – September 2002 Montana Army National Guard: July 2005 – March 2006 North Dakota Army National Guard:  March 2006 – Present
    Tyler J. Orgaard 
    Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard
    Age: 20
    Hometown: Bismarck, N.D.
    Graduated from Century High School (Bismarck) in 2011
    Military History
    Enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard, January 2011 Military Occupational Specialty: Combat Engineer (12B)
    •Awards and Decorations
    Bronze Star Medal (Posthumously)
    Purple Heart (Posthumously)
    Page 2 of 2 - Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumously)
    National Defense Service Medal
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star (Transition 1) Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon (Posthumously) NATO Medal (Posthumously) Combat Action Badge (awarded July 28, 2012) Sharpshooter Badge, M16A2
    •State Awards
    North Dakota Legion of Merit
    North Dakota National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon North Dakota National Guard Basic Training Ribbon
    •Military Schools
    Combat Engineer Course (12B), 2011
    Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,900 Soldiers and about 2,400 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, more than 125 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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