Sister of fallen soldier accepts medals years after his death

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The family of a fallen Newport soldier has received several military awards that he had earned while deployed overseas.

Senator Jack Reed hosted a special medal ceremony at his Cranston office Friday afternoon for the family of Army Sergeant Michael Weidemann, who was killed in action on October 31, 2006. Weidemann was serving with a unit of the 1st Armored Division when an IED detonated near his truck in Hit, Iraq.

Weidemann’s sister Catherine accepted the awards, which included the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Her fiancee Christopher Monteiro and one of Weidemann’s comrades, Barry Nickerson, were also present.

Sgt. Weidemann was a 2001 graduate of Roger High School.

“Sgt. Weidemann was a brave American who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country,” Senator Reed said. “It is my honor to join his family in celebrating his memory and his uncommon courage and dedication.  We owe Sgt. Weidemann a debt of gratitude we can never repay, and his service will never be forgotten.”

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