June 13, 2005

CRAPO COMMENDS BRAVERY OF ST. ANTHONY MARINE

Lance Cpl. Dustin Birch dies in Iraq

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today sent his condolences to the parents of a St. Anthony native serving with the Marines in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch died Friday when the Humvee he was riding in hit a land mine. "My thoughts and prayers go out to Corporal Birchâ??s family in St. Anthony over this tragic loss and I commend Dustin for his service to our country in Iraq. His story is particularly tragic as I understand he and his fellow Marines were on patrol in a tank near Haklaniyah. The troops, including Dustin, came under fire. They returned fire and were able to escape the disabled tank only to board a Humvee that subsequently struck a land mine and all inside lost their lives. Dustinâ??s service and bravery are an example for all of us who cherish our freedoms. His is a tremendous loss for his family, his circle of loved ones in St. Anthony, and all Idahoans.â??