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January 11, 2007

Berg family comments on soldier’s death

PORT ARTHUR — With tears in their eyes, the grief stricken family of U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Berg stood in unison Thursday before the media to present a comment about their loss.

The meeting at Sabine Pass ISD boardroom was held to present news outlets with information regarding the family’s loss and answer questions, thus allowing the family time to heal.

Berg, 19, was killed Tuesday in Baquba, Iraq, just days after returning to combat. The family received the news from military personnel about four hours after his death.

“On behalf of the family of Ryan Berg, I would like to express my deep sorrow in the loss of this fine young man, a soldier, a son, a husband, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and friend. We are very proud of his service to this great nation and have some level of peace that he was doing a job he was proud of and loved,” Adam Saunders, Berg’s uncle, said.

“To a nation, he is a soldier who paid the ultimate price ... to us it is a price that carries a great deal of burden, but one that we must accept. We want you all to know him and remember him as the person and the man we knew. He was someone who had strong beliefs and would defend them at all costs. He was brave. Not just for the job he did, but because of his courage to stand up for an idea, even if others disagreed.

“He was a graduate of Sabine Pass High School, a shark. He played sports, hunted, fished and enjoyed working with his hands. He was loved. Pray for us, pray for him and pray for his brothers and sisters who are in harm’s way for our nation.

“We have received so many condolences from friends as well as strangers. Thank you. To our town, our people, Sabine Pass and surrounding areas, thank you for circling around us with love and support,” Saunders said.

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