Gov. Jack Dalrymple spoke at the funeral for 20-year-old Spc. Tyler Orgaard, of Bismarck, on Thursday.
Tyler Orgaard (KFGO file photo)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple says a North Dakota National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan died doing what he loved and will be remembered as an American hero.
Dalrymple spoke at the funeral for 20-year-old Spc. Tyler Orgaard, of Bismarck, on Thursday.
More than 900 people packed the church. Tears flowed as Orgaard's father, Jesse, played guitar and sang songs of tribute to his son.
Orgaard was killed in a roadside bomb attack along with 41-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, of Devils Lake. Services for Linde were held Tuesday in Sidney, Mont., where he grew up.
The two members of the Williston-based 818th Engineer Company died in southern Afghanistan on Dec. 3. A third soldier was wounded but is recovering.