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Family Recalls Fallen Wis. Soldier As Outdoorsman

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The family of an Appleton soldier killed last week in Afghanistan says he was an outdoorsman who kept everyone laughing with his great sense of humor.

Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hermanson’s family released a statement Tuesday. They say the 22-year-old had “a vibrant personality, exuberant smile and quick-witted humor.”

Hermanson was fond of deer-hunting trips with his father, brothers and friends to their land in northern Wisconsin, his family says. And they say he loved serving his country and had “great loyalty” for his fellow servicemen.

Hermanson was to complete his tour of duty in July, but his family says he had signed to extend his tour and return home with his unit.

Hermanson died just over a week before his first wedding anniversary. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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