US Army Sergeant Matthew A. Harmon, from Bagley, Minnesota, was killed in Paktika province when a bomb exploded during a vehicle recovery operation he was involved with.
29-year-old Sgt. Harmon served with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, based at Grafenwoehr, Germany. He joined the Army in March 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in July this year. He had previously served twice in Iraq.
Sgt. Harmon leaves behind his wife, Nicole, and their three children, Danika, 8, Vincent, 5, and Elsie, 3, his parents Tom and Irene, sister Melissa, brothers Dean and Mark.