Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kenneth Stepp salutes Sgt. NIcholas Dickhut!
Originally published Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM Stewartville soldier killed in Afghanistan A 23-year-old Stewartville soldier was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan shortly after he called Minnesota to wish his little brother a happy birthday, his mother said Monday. The Associated Press STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — A 23-year-old Stewartville soldier was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan shortly after he called Minnesota to wish his little brother a happy birthday, his mother said Monday. The Rochester Post-Bulletin reported (http://bit.ly/JsTxED) that Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut died Sunday in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Dickhut is the first Minnesotan to die in Afghanistan in 2012. "I'm still processing this," his mother, Jacqueline Carson, of Rochester, told the newspaper. A man who answered the phone at the home of Dickhut's mother confirmed the death to The Associated Press, but said there was a gag order and the family would not talk further. U.S. officials hadn't publicly announced his death by Monday night. Carson said her son graduated from Stewartville High School and studied at Rochester Community and Technical College. He also worked as a supervisor at Office Max before enlisting in the Army. "He called to wish his brother a happy birthday," Carson said, describing her last conversation with her son. "He called right before the firefight, right before the mission." Dickhut's brother, David, turned 9 and idolizes his older brother, she said. "On Saturday, we were talking on Facebook, and he was asking what present to send," Carson said. "He was thinking about re-upping and re-enlisting and asking my opinion." Dickhut served with the 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne, the newspaper reported." Kenneth Stepp salutes Sgt. Nickolas Dickhut, who died shortly after calling his nine-year-old brother, and who died in the continuing war in Afghanistan. Let's bring them home, all of them!