On 28th April 2011, 22 year old US Army Sergeant Matthew Hermanson was killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. Sgt. Hermanson died while engaging enemy forces in a gun battle.
He enlisted in the army in 2007. He served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan last year.