Thursday, November 08, 2007

Army Capt. Christian P. Skoglund

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Christian P. Skoglund, 31, Racine, WI.

Racine GI dies in copter crash; Army captain did ROTC at Wheaton
Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 9, 2007

A U.S. Army helicopter crashed in northern Italy on Thursday, killing at least five people on board, the Army said.

Eleven U.S. service members were on board the UH-60 Army Black Hawk helicopter, U.S. Army Europe said in a statement.

The Racine, Wis., Journal Times reported that Christian Skoglund, a Racine native, was killed.

His father, Phil Skoglund, told the Journal Times that his son was a 31-year-old captain.

"We're praying for Christian and all the other soldiers," Phil Skoglund said before he learned of his death.

Television footage showed the charred remains of the chopper, which broke into at least two pieces.

Christian Skoglund completed ROTC training at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill., before training to be a U.S. Army pilot. He served two years in Korea and one year in Kuwait.

The 1994 Park High School graduate loved flying and was a company commander, his father said. They spoke last week about a recent mission he had flown.

"It was an awesome Army day," Phil Skoglund recalled his son saying. "He really liked working with his men."

Army Capt. Christian P. Skoglund was killed in a helicopter crash on 11/8/07.

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