The funeral was this morning at ten o’clock for the first Iowan killed in the war in Iraq. Sergeant Bradley Korthaus died two weeks ago today as he and three other Marines tried to cross a swift-moving canal in Iraq. Only two of the four made it across. Two Marine officers are assigned to investigate the drownings of Korthaus and the other Marine, as they were ordered to cross the waterway while loaded down with heavy equipment and weapons and they were not on a safety line. The 28-year-old was a Davenport native. His parents say he’d wanted to be a Marine since he was ten and he enlisted immediately after graduating from Assumption High School. Following this morning’s service in a Davenport church, Korthaus will be buried with full military honors at noon at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Lester White is foreman of the cemetery, says the cemetery was started in 1863 as a burial place for guards who were assigned to watch over Confederate prisoners of war during the Civil War. It began with one acre and is now about 15 acres and is the final resting place for about 25,000 honorably discharged veterans and their spouses. During today’s noon ceremony, White says there will be a Marine squad that’ll fire guns in the air as a salute while “Taps” is played.
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