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Fallen Soldier Remembered For Musical Gifts

Military HelmetROSEMOUNT (AP) – Family and friends are remembering a fallen Minnesota soldier as kind, outgoing and musically-gifted.

The Department of Defense says Spc. Andrew Wilfahrt died Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit with a bomb in Kandahar province.

In his hometown of Rosemount, word of his death spread quickly Monday. Shelia Wandersee lives in the cul-de-sac where Wilfahrt’s parents reside. Wandersee says she remembers the melodies that would drift across the street when Wilfahrt was playing the piano.

The soldier’s family was at Dover Air Force Base when Wilfahrt’s remains were returned to the U.S. Monday. The 31-year-old soldier was assigned to a military police battalion based in Hawaii. He enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan last July.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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