Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Kurtis D.K. Arcala

Palmer, Alaska

September 11, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Fort Stewart, Georgia

 Killed in Tikrit, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during convoy escort operations.

Gov. Statement on the Death of Sgt. Arcala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2005 No. 05-151

Governor’s Statement on the Death of Sgt. Arcala

(Anchorage) – Governor Frank H. Murkowski released the following statement upon learning of the death of Army Sgt. Kurtis D.K. Arcala, 22, of Palmer.

“Nancy and I were saddened to learn that another Alaskan has been killed in combat operations in Iraq.

On behalf of all Alaskans, I extend our sympathies to the Berberich family for the loss of their son, Kurtis, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was clear from the news reports that he was a dedicated soldier who believed strongly in the importance of his service to our country.

I have directed my staff in Juneau to fly a state flag over the Capitol in his memory on Thursday and send it to his family with our heartfelt condolences.

The Berberich family is in our thoughts and prayers and we hope they will be in yours.”

Sergeant Arcala died from combat related wounds Sunday, September 11th. His HUMVEE was in a convoy when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the vehicle in Tikrit, Iraq.

Arcala was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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