- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man who died while kayaking on Lake Sakakawea was a decorated soldier who served two tours in Iraq.

Thirty-five-year-old John Drange (DRAN’-gee) was reported missing Thursday morning, and searchers found his body later that day. Authorities say no foul play is suspected in his death.

Drange enlisted in the Army in 1998 and served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the National Guard in 2008. He earned numerous medals throughout his military career.

State Guard commander Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-suh-NAT’-ihk) issued a statement saluting Drange’s service and offering the Guard’s condolences to his family.

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