Northern California soldier killed in Iraq

MERCED, CA

Twenty-five-year old sergeant Frank Gasper died when his vehicle hit a mine Sunday in Najaf. Gasper was a Special Forces radio operator based out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

It was his third tour of duty in Iraq.

Sergeant Gasper graduated from Golden Valley High School in Merced.

Governor Schwarzenegger ordered flags flown at half staff in his memory at the State Capitol.

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