Kenneth E. Zigler – Private First Cass, United States Army

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 479-05
May 13, 2005

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Private First Class Kenneth E. Zeigler II, 22, of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, died May 12, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.  Ziegler was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

4 June 2005:

Local soldier buried at Arlington FridayHARRISBURG., PENNSYLYVANIA — An honor guard stood at attention, guns were fired in salute and a lone bugler played as a fallen soldier from Pennsylvania was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.

Army Private First Class Kenneth E. Zeigler II, 22, who was from Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg, died May 12, 2005, when the Humvee he was driving hit a roadside bomb near Sumarra, Iraq.

On Friday, Zeigler's flag-draped casket — covered in plastic to protect it from the steady drizzle — was laid to rest during a service attended by several dozen mourners.

After seven riflemen fired a salute three times, and the playing of “Taps,” the flag was folded into the traditional triangle for Brigadier General Mark V. Phelan, Deputy Director for Special Operations, to present to Ziegler's mother, Vicki Ziegler.

Phelan presented another flag and medals, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, to Ziegler's father, Kenneth E. Zeigler of Halifax.

Family members said Ziegler was supposed to be on leave but gave his seat to another soldier whose wife was due to give birth, according to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

Zeigler, 22, is one 141 soldiers killed during the Iraq war to be buried at Arlington, and the eighth from Pennsylvania.

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