Army Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott

Army Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott

Died July 03, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

20, of Shakopee, Minn.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany; died from a gunshot wound while on patrol July 3 in Baghdad.

Pfc. Edward James Herrgott was a quiet man who was starting to find his way in the world with the help of the military. “The Army gave him a little discipline, a little guidance in his life. He was getting on track,” said Troy Schimek, a 19-year-old friend of Herrgott’s family. He said Herrgott, known to family and friends as “Jim,” was his role model. While he made some mistakes, he always “took it in stride and righted himself,” Schimek said. Herrgott, 20, of Shakopee, Minn., died July 3 when a sniper shot him in the neck outside the national museum in Baghdad. He hoped to earn enough money in the Army to become a police officer, said his parents, Marcia and Edward Herrgott.
Associated Press

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  1. Deanna Riker

    Jim was the first Minnesota service member to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I knew him as a small child, he was the next door neighbor of my aunt and uncle. It hurts my heart to know he passed away fighting for freedom 9 years ago and this war has not ended yet! May you rest in peace PFC. Edward J Herrgott! Also may we remember to thank his parents and siblings for their son/brother’s sacrifice!

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