California Soldier Killed In Iraq Weeks Before His Wedding

VIRGINIA CITY, Nevada (AP) - Family members say a decorated
California soldier was killed in Iraq just weeks before he was due to be sent home for his wedding.

26-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Bolander of Bakersfield, Calif., died Tuesday after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.

His father, Greg Bolander of Virginia City, Nevada, says the soldier had planned to be back in the U.S. about a week before his June 6 wedding.

The father says his son's commander was to be the best man at the wedding, but now will accompany the body home.

Bryan Bolander was on his fourth tour of duty in Iraq when he died. He joined the Army in April 2000 and arrived at Fort Campbell in Kentucky in November 2002.

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