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Woodbury soldier killed in 2009 honored by comrades

Soldiers from the 34th Military Police Company bow their heads in prayer at a ceremony to dedicate a memorial to fallen comrades Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Minn., Spc. James D. Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minn., and Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox, 27, of Cottage Grove, Minn. at the armory in Stillwater, Minn., July 14, 2012. Submitted image

A fallen Woodbury solider was honored last weekend during a military ceremony in Stillwater.

Soldiers from the 34th Military Police Co. dedicated a memorial Saturday, July 14, to Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick and two other soldiers from his unit.

Drevnick, a 22-year-old from Woodbury, was among three Minnesota soldiers killed by indirect fire July 16, 2009, after their base in Basra was attacked while they were serving in Iraq.

According to a Minnesota National Guard news release, Drevnick had planned to pursue a law enforcement degree after returning from his deployment.

A Cottage Grove man, Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox, 27, was also killed in the attack, along with 20-year-old Spc. James D. Wertish of Olivia, Minn.

Family and friends of the fallen joined service members at the memorial ceremony in Stillwater.

"Whenever anyone pauses by this memorial to reflect or remember," Spc. Nicholas Pedersen of Little Canada, said in the news release. "It is my hope that we will not simply mourn the immeasurable loss suffered, but also recall the lives they lived and the incomparable level of dedication they all displayed."

-Mike Longaecker