Thursday, May 10, 2007

Robert Dixon reported killed in Iraq

A soldier from Minneapolis was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his widow said Tuesday.

Army Private First Class Robert Dixon, 28, was just three months into his tour in Iraq, said his wife, Rusty Rose-Dixon. He was the gunner on top of a Humvee when it was hit by an improvised explosive device Sunday, she said.

"He was such a nice guy but he drove people, just by his charm. He was so charming," she said.

Rose-Dixon said the last word she got from him was a text message he sent Sunday morning before he went out on patrol. She said she's saving it because it's the last one she'll get from him.

She said she knew his job as a cavalry scout was dangerous, and that they had spoken openly about what would happen if he was hurt or killed.

"They do scary things. They raid. They're what goes in before the infantry gets called," she said.

The Dixons were married about eighteen months ago. She said their last conversation was Saturday night, when they spoke about their future. She just graduated from business school, while he wanted to stay in the Army.

"He found his niche in life," she said. "He truly found what he was good at, what he enjoyed, what he wanted to do."

From KARE 11