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Diesing's name will be unveiled on memorial

The late Trevor J. Diesing, who was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq last August, will be memorialized during a name-unveiling ceremony at the Pierce County Courthouse Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Sgt. First Class Diesing's name is to be permanently displayed on a veterans' memorial tablet in front of the courthouse. Five such tablets there list the names of county soldiers who've died in past wars.

Area residents wishing to show their respect are invited to the ceremony. Family members will be part of the program, according to Diesing's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Diesing of Maiden Rock.

The couple said Thursday Diesing's brother, Toby, and four-and-a-half-year-old son, Cole, will remove the ribbon from the tablet. Their four grandchildren will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

A military funeral honors team from Spooner, comprised of a squad leader, three rifles and a bugler, will be among others present, said County Veterans Service Officer Merlin Blaisdell, responsible for arranging the event.

Diesing died in a roadside bombing during Operation Iraqi Freedom on Aug. 26, 2005, at 1 a.m. (Iraqi time). He was 30-years-old.

He had wanted to be in the military "from the time he was old enough to talk," his father said. The 1993 Plum City High School graduate played baseball and basketball while in school. He'd signed up with the Army in the Twin Cities and left for boot camp in Fort Benning, Ga., on the day he graduated.

He was serving his third tour of duty at the time of his death. His dad said he'd "just re-upped" two-to-three weeks before he died. He communicated regularly with his parents, mostly by e-mail, but didn't discuss the combat action he experienced much.

Diesing first entered the Army as an infantryman in '93. After completing initial training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard. Since that time, he served in 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Battalion, 101st Airborne Division and 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His last assignment was as a team member assigned to the Army's Special Operation Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Notable military courses from which he graduated while in the Army were: the Air Assault Course, the Ranger Course, the Basic Airborne Course, the Static Line Jumpmaster Course, the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, the Special Operations Engineer Course, the Military Freefall Course and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

His awards and decorations included: two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor Device, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral two, the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Military Freefall Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

He was posthumously promoted and recommended for the Bronze Star with Valor Device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.

In addition to his parents and brother, Diesing is survived by his wife, Lori, and children.