Parents Ask Military for Help

A New Berlin family is appealing to the military for help. John and Lori Witmer's 20-year-old daughter Michelle has been killed in Iraq and they want to make sure her two sisters are not sent back to their military units in Iraq after Wednesday's funeral.

Michelle was a private with the 32nd Military Police Company of the Wisconsin National Guard, and she died when her Humvee was ambushed in Baghdad Friday.

She's the first woman in the Wisconsin Guard ever killed in combat and also the first Guard member to die in combat since World War Two.

Michelle's 24-year-old sister, Rachel, is with the same military police unit, stationed in Baghdad since March 2003. Michelle's twin sister Charity is a medic with another Guard unit. The two sisters are expected to return home Monday.

The family says state National Guard leaders agreed to take their appeal to the Pentagon today. Michelle's funeral is Wednesday at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. The family says that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an orphanage in Baghdad operated by The Sister's of Charity, which made such an impression upon Michelle.


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