Schober’s family to host news conference at noon
May 18, 2007
The family of Sgt. Anthony Schober is set to host a news conference today at the National Guard facility in Carson City.
The family has been notified that the remains of Sgt. Schober have been positively identified and his status has changed from “duty status whereabouts unknown” to “killed in action”.
The conference will be at noon Friday at 2478 Fairview Drive in Carson City.
Army officials have notified Schober’s parents that he was among soldiers killed Saturday in an attack on his unit’s outpost south of Baghdad in which three other soldiers are believed to have been captured.
Three other members of Company D, 4th Battalion of the 31st Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the “Polar Bears,” also died in the Saturday ambush and were identified immediately. Relatives say Schober was identified by DNA testing.
He is survived by his mother Roberta and adoptive father Edward of Carson City and two sisters.
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“This is a tragedy. Sgt. Schober served our country with honor and the news of his death saddens us all in Nevada and across the nation,” Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt. Schober’s family and friends as they mourn this heartbreaking loss.”
Schober, 23, was on his fourth tour in Iraq.
Three other members of the unit, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, were captured and reportedly are being held by al-Qaida terrorists.
Schober was leading a squad trying to prevent insurgents from laying roadside bombs at night when the ambush occurred along a palm-lined rural road near Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad.
Schober’s squad was attacked while at an observation post composed of two Humvees surrounded by concertina wire that had been breached. They were watching for insurgents placing roadside bombs about 800 yards from their patrol base in a rural villa.