Woodbury, Cottage Grove soldiers killed in Iraq are identified


The U.S. Department of Defense released the names Saturday of the Woodbury and Cottage Grove soldiers killed Thursday in an attack in Iraq.

They died July 16 in Basra of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using indirect fire - a term usually reserved for mortars, rockets and artillery

Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, and Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove, were among three members of the National Guard Red Bull 34th Infantry Division that were killed in the attack.

James D. Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minn. was also killed in the attack.

The Red Bulls are based in Stillwater.

The attack took place at 9:15 p.m. in Basra on the Contigency Operating Base.

Minnesota National Guard Adjudant Gen. Larry Shellito said in a press release Saturday that Drevnick, Wilcox and Wertish were brave men and made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We mourn the loss of these three soldiers; they were truly part of our National Guard family," Shellito said.

"We will never forget the dedication, loyalty and bravery shown by these soldiers for the United States of America and the state of Minnesota. I ask that you keep these soldiers, their families and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers now and forever."

The Minnesota National Guard said it plans to provide the public with funeral and memorial services details as they become available.

The Red Bull 34th Infantry Division has posted information and pictures of the fallen soldiers at http://www.theredbulls.org.

More to come on this story as it becomes available.

Last updated 11:29 a.m. Saturday, July 18.