Fallen soldier Nathaneil Irish proud of his Montana roots

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Defense Department says a soldier from Montana — 23-year-old Nathaneil G. Irish — has died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq.

According to Sgt. Irish’s Facebook page, he was a proud Senior Bronc, attending the high school from 2010 to 2013.  Several posts on his Facebook page indicate Sgt. Irish’s pride for his home state of Montana.  One such post showing a Montana flag with a caption saying, “halfway across the world — and it feels like I’m six hours from home.”

According to the latest numbers available from the Department of Defense, eighty-eight people have died in support of the mission.  17 of those deaths are identified as killed-in-action, while 71 are listed as non-hostile.