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POSTED: September 29, 2007 5:04 a.m.
Family members in McHenry, Ill., are mourning the death of a 3rd Infantry Division soldier after the soldier was killed in Iraq last week.
Spc. Keith A. Nurnberg died when insurgents attacked his unit during combat operations on Sept. 5 in Baghdad. A missile hit the Humvee he was riding in, according to military reports.
The 26-year-old was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning.
Nurnberg joined the Army at age 22, carrying on the tradition of his great-grandfather, who fought in World War I, his grandfather in World War II and his father in the Vietnam War.
He leaves behind his wife, Tanya, a schoolteacher, and their unborn son, whom the couple had already decided to name Keith.
Nurnberg's parents told Chicago NBC-affiliate WMAQ-TV the soldier believed strongly in fighting the war in Iraq, but once he found out his wife was pregnant he wanted to come home.
His mother said the couple did not plan on having children this early, but "everything happens for a reason."
His wife is due to give birth to Keith Nurnberg Jr. on Nov. 17.
According to a Sept. 12 Department of Defense casualty report, 3,765 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. So far in September, 34 soldiers have died in the war effort, based on data compiled by icasualties.org, a website tracking troop deaths in Iraq.
 

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