Ivica Jerak – Master Sergeant, United States Army

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 887-05
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on August 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their position.

Killed were:

Sergeant First Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wisconsin.  Diesing was assigned the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Master Sergeant Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston, Texas.  Jerak was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Corporal Timothy M. Shea, 22, of Sonoma, California.  Shea was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

28 August 2005:

A Houston soldier was among three service members killed when a bomb exploded near their position in Iraq, the Department of  Defense said.

Master Sergeant Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina.

Jerak was a native of the former Republic of Yugoslavia and joined the Army as a combat medic in  1988, according to a release from the military.

After training, he was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was part of the 690th Medical Company. He also served in the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group and the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group.

He died Thursday in Husaybah along with two other soldiers, Corporal Timothy M. Shea, 22, and Sergeant Frst Class  Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wisconsin, the military said Saturday night.

Soldier from Houston killed in bomb attack in Iraq

A Houston soldier was among three service members killed when a bomb exploded near their position in Iraq, the Department of Defense said.

Master Seregeant Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Jerak was a native of the former Republic of Yugoslavia and joined the Army as a combat medic in 1988, according to a release from the military.

After training, he was assigned to Fort Benning, Ga., where he was part of the 690th Medical Company. He also served in the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group and the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group.

He died Thursday in Husaybah along with two other soldiers, Corporal Timothy M. Shea, 22, and Sergeant First Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wisconsin, the  military said Saturday night.


Sergeant Jerak is scheduled to be laid to be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 9 September 2005.

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Hye Jarak, the widow of Army Master Sergeant Ivica Jerak, right, wipes away tears as the
Honor Guard lifts the flag off of his casket during burial services at Arlington National
Cemetery on Friday, September 9, 2005

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Hye Jerak, the widow of Army Master Sergeant Ivica Jerak, assigned to the Special Operations Command,
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is consoled by Army Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Goudreau, left,
during burial services for her husband at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, September 9, 2005.

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