HORICON - A U.S. serviceman whose family has deep roots in the Brant Lake area has died in the war in Afghanistan, according relatives and local officials.
Jeremiah Monroe, 33, a North Warren High School graduate and recently a private first class in the U.S. Army, was killed while on duty by a roadside explosive device, they said.
Friday, representatives of the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the state Division of Military Affairs said they could not confirm any such news nor release any information about the situation.
Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley said Friday the family members were notified Thursday.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors held a moment of silence Friday morning in honor of Jeremiah Monroe.
Board Chairman Fred Monroe - the two are not related - said the entire county would be grieving for Jeremiah Monroe.
"This is very sad news," he said. "It's hard to bear the loss of U.S. soldiers in these ongoing conflicts, but it's especially difficult to lose someone from Warren County."
"The citizens of Warren County are proud of his service," he continued.
Bentley said Jeremiah Monroe was the son of Delores "Peanut" Monroe and the late Robert Monroe Sr. of Horicon, and the grandson of Albert Monroe, who served for many years as the town Highway Superintendent and then on the town board.
Bentley said the family had endured several deep losses recently. Robert Monroe Sr. died of brain cancer in March at the age of 51, and there were two other deaths recently in the extended Monroe family.
"They are totally devastated," Bentley said of Jeremiah's relatives and friends. "We all are feeling their losses."
Jeremiah Monroe's brother, Robert Jr., served as a U.S. Army soldier in Iraq for at least one tour, and he is now stationed in Italy, Bentley said. Jeremiah Monroe leaves behind one child, Delilah Rose, 9, who is living in the local area, Bentley said, expressing concern and grief.