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Forum News Service, Published February 11 2013

Heitkamp to take wife of fallen soldier to State of the Union

WASHINGTON – Adrienne Linde, wife of a North Dakota National Guard soldier from Devils Lake who was killed in action in Afghanistan late last year, will be the guest of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., at today’s State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama.

Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, 41, and Spc. Tyler Orgaard, 20, Bismarck, were killed Dec. 3 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan as they cleared explosives from a road. A third soldier was wounded.

Adrienne Linde will be seated in the House gallery for the address.

“Adrienne is someone whose service to our country as a military spouse didn’t earn her any medals or awards,” Heitkamp said in a statement issued by her office Monday.

“When her husband was killed in Afghanistan, she didn’t ask for anything. She simply said, ‘The love of my life tragically passed away. I am enormously proud of him for his sacrifice and service to our nation. Darren gave his life so that others could pass through safely.’ ”