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Kevin A. Gilbertson

Killed on Aug. 31, 2007

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids soldier was buried Sept. 11 as mourners remembered his love for his family and sacrifice for his country.

Army Sgt. Kevin Gilbertson, 24, was shot Aug. 29 by enemy forces in Ramadi, Iraq. He died two days later at a hospital in Germany, where he lived with his wife.

He had two children.

More than 300 people gathered for his funeral at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. He was then buried with military honors at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

“Life need not be long to be abundant,” said the Rev. Marty Schuhmacher, who led the church service.

“A short life lived well is still a life to celebrate.”

Gilbertson graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in 2000 and began his military career shortly afterward. He served with the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Scheweinfurt, Germany.

Family members said it was his second stint in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Howard Bromberg presented Gilbertson’s family with the soldier’s Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge awards. “We owe a great debt to his family members,” Bromberg said.

A color guard fired three rounds of seven shots and a trumpeter played Taps during Gilbertson’s graveside service. The Patriot Riders held dozens of flags at the chapel and at the gravesite to honor the fallen soldier.

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