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Dawn Patrol: Bartlett parents rip Hagel over soldier; Don Zimmer dies

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  • Matthew Martinek was a 20-year-old Bartlett High graduate who died on Sept. 11, 2009, in Germany from injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan. His parents aren't unhappy with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's comments that he's not aware of any soldiers who died trying to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

      Matthew Martinek was a 20-year-old Bartlett High graduate who died on Sept. 11, 2009, in Germany from injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan. His parents aren't unhappy with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's comments that he's not aware of any soldiers who died trying to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
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Slain soldier's family blasts defense secretary

The parents of a Bartlett soldier said Wednesday U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should either retire to a nursing home or publicly condemn members of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's unit as liars. The family of Bartlett soldier Matthew Martinek were told by Bergdahl's former comrades that Martinek died while trying to rescue Bergdahl. Hagel told reporters Wednesday he is unaware of any soldiers dying while trying to rescue Bergdahl. Full story.

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