PUBLISHED: 7:53 PM on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Fort Wainright soldier killed in Iraq
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin expressed her condolences on Oct. 21 to the family and friends of Private First Class Heath Pickard, who died in Iraq on October 16 from injuries sustained in indirect fire.

Pickard, 21, of Palestine, Texas, was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He leaves behind his wife, Sara, and son, Ethan.

"I extend my sincere condolences to Private Pickard's family, friends and fellow soldiers," Gov. Palin said. "All Alaskans owe Heath a debt of gratitude for his courageous service to our nation. Todd and I continue to pray for the safe return of all who serve overseas."