|SGT Daniel L. Sesker, Army
Died: 2006-04-06, Iraq, Age: 22
22, of Ogden, Iowa; assigned to the Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, Iowa Army National Guard, LeMars, Iowa; killed April 6 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Bayji, Iraq.
JOHNSTON, Iowa - An Iowa National Guardsman from Ogden was killed Thursday in Iraq after a bomb exploded near his Humvee, military officials said.
Sgt. Daniel Sesker, 22, was manning a gun aboard the vehicle when insurgents detonated the bomb outside Tikrit.
Guard officials said Sesker had recently discovered his fiance was pregnant and was hoping to leave Iraq as early as this year to meet his newborn.
"He was very proud of it and was very interested in how to be a new father," Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood said Friday at a news conference announcing Sesker's death. "Apparently he put a great deal of time and study into his future fatherhood."
Sesker was assigned to the Le Mars-based Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, which performs reconnaissance and surveillance missions. The unit arrived in Iraq late last year and Sesker was scheduled to return late this year or in early 2007.
He is the first Iowa National Guardsman to die in Iraq since Spc. Gregory L. Tull, 20, was hit by a roadside bomb in a Humvee in November.
Hapgood said being a gunner "was a point of pride" for Sesker but also a dangerous position.
"It is the most exposed place you could be in a convoy," Hapgood said.
Sesker was born in Boone in 1983 and graduated from Ogden High School in 2001. According to his family, Sesker was a police officer in Gowrie before being deployed.
"He will be missed more than any words can explain and his presence will forever be longed for," his family said in a statement.