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SEMO grad killed while serving in Iraq

SEMO grad killed while serving in Iraq
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Outgoing, dynamic, and energetic.  For those who knew Lieutenant Daniel Riordan, there are plenty other words to describe their fallen friend.

On Saturday, Riordan and three other soldiers died in Iraq, when a bomb exploded near their vehicle.

"It's a tremendous loss to his family of course,"  said Major Mike Berry, now retired from his position.  Berrry also served as Riordan's commander in Southeast Missouri State's Air Force ROTC.

"It's also a loss for his ROTC family,"  said Berry. "When you're with someone for four years, you really get to know them.  He was the last cadet I commissioned before I retired."

Berry says fellow cadets looked up to Riordan for guidance, support and as a role model.

"He was always there for us," recalls Cadet Major Devin Vitt. "He taught me how to march, and so many other things.  He was that kinda guy.  A true patriot."

Lieutenant Riordan was stationed with the Army in Fort Hood, Texas.

Lt. Dan Riordan Funeral Arrangements
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30th at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in St. Louis.
The burial will be at Jefferson Barricks National Cemetery. 

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