A 19-year-old southwest Missouri soldier who lists his hometown as Miller was killed Monday by a roadside bomb that detonated near his vehicle in Nerkh, Afghanistan.
Pfc. Matthew Wilson was one of three soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), which is based at Fort Drum in upstate New York, on June 1. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jeffrey A. Hall, 28, of Huntsville, Ala., and Pfc. Matthew D. Ogden, 33, of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The 2-87th deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the January 2009 timeframe.
According to Dan Wadlington, spokesman for U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt, Wilson last attended Miller High School in 2006 but did not graduate. Wadlington said Wilson had been in foster care and had attended school at Cassville, Aurora and Southwest in Washburn.
A press statement released by Fort Drum indicates that Wilson joined the Army in February of 2008 and was transferred to Fort Drum in June of 2008 after completing his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was trained as an ammunition handler.
Wilson is survived by a wife and child. During his 16 months of military service, he was awarded the National Defense Medal.
Information about funeral services for Wilson were not available at presstime.