Related topics

President Telephones Widow of First U.S. Soldier Killed in Bosnia

February 5, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton personally expressed condolences Sunday to the widow of the first U.S. soldier killed while on duty in Bosnia.

Clinton spoke with Miriam Dugan, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Donald A. Dugan, by telephone on Sunday morning, said White House spokesman David Johnson. The call lasted for only a few minutes, Johnson said.

``He just called to personally express his condolences,″ Johnson said.

No decision had been made Sunday evening as to whether Clinton would attend funeral services for Dugan, Johnson said.

Dugan, 38, of Belle Center, Ohio, was killed Saturday in northern Bosnia when he apparently stepped on a land mine. He was the ninth alliance soldier to die since NATO troops began entering the Balkans in December.

Dugan’s body arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Sunday. No details were available on when the body would be returned to the United States.

Update hourly