Winona native who died from war injuries was a career soldier

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 12, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) &045; Sgt. Mike Benson was a decorated soldier who made a career out of serving his country.

&uot;He’s lived all over the world,&uot; said his brother, David Benson of Winona.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Benson died from injuries he received in an Aug. 2 suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq. The 40-year-old Winona native was riding in a convoy when it was struck by a bomb, according to the Department of Defense.

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&uot;There was no operation going on, it was just a routine day of activity,&uot; David Benson told The Associated Press. He said the family had few other details of the attack.

Mike Benson suffered massive head injuries and was transported first to a military hospital in Germany, and on Sunday, he was taken to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He died there early Wednesday, David Benson said.

He is the 25th Minnesotan to die as a result of injuries sustained in the Mideast during the Iraq war.