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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Comments (2)
  1. l says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you. my son is in the army also.

  2. CPT Wendell A Jenkins says:

    I was Matthew Hermanson’s platoon leader while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was no doubt one of the skilled, and brightest Soldier I have ever had the distinct honor of leading! He was someone who I could always count on to do the right thing and was just an all around great person! The Army and the nation has lost a great hero! My prayers go out to his family and all of the Warriors who looked at him as a brother!
    Matt, you served this Country well with extreme honor! You will not be forgotten!

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