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Four NC Guardsmen die in explosion, one Wilmington soldier

The military has confirmed that four North Carolina National Guard soldiers have been killed in Iraq, one of them from Wilmington. Thirty-nine-year-old Staff Sergeant Ed Kramer was a Sunny Point and Wilmington firefighter in civilian life. Kramer, along with Roger Adams and Robert Bittiker of Jacksonville and Juan Baldeosingh of Newport, died when an IED detonated near their in vehicle in Baghdad Monday. The Department of Defense said the men were assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion based in Wilmington. Fifteen North Carolina National Guard soldiers have been killed in action since September 11th, 2001. Ed Kramer leaves a wife and children behind.

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Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Ssgt Ed Kramer. May God's love strengthen them and keep them forever.

I will always remember the

I will always remember the fun we had at drills and during AT. It has been an honor knowing you. Farewell, my Brother. I miss you!


Thanks for the memories at WFD Ed. Everyone's gonna miss you and your smile. Thanks for your sacrifice. RIP Charlie Cribb