2 ND National Guard soldiers killed in Afghanistan
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota National Guard says two of its soldiers
were killed in Afghanistan, including a Montana native.
Forty-one-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, of Devils Lake, and 20-year-old
Spc. Tyler Orgaard, of Bismarck, were killed Monday when a roadside bomb struck
their vehicle. The Billings Gazette reports Linde graduated from high school
in Sidney, Mont., and served in the Montana Army National Guard from 1998 through
2002 and again from 2005 through 2006.
Twenty-three-year-old Spc. Ian Placek, of Bismarck, was wounded. The Guard
says he is in stable condition at a hospital in Germany.
The soldiers were with the 818th Engineer Company. The unit is headquartered
in Williston with a detachment in Hazen. About 100 members of the unit deployed
in April for a year of duty overseas.