The first Iowan to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom was honored over the weekend. Sergeant Bradley Korthaus of Davenport and another Marine from Illinois drown while trying to cross a canal in Iraq in late March, in what was later ruled a wartime accident. Hundreds of people gathered at a Davenport Little League baseball diamond on Saturday to witness it being renamed in memory of Korthaus. The field at Ridgeview Park is now Korthaus Field and a banner hangs from the backstop. Today would have been Korthaus’ 29th birthday.
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