Alexander Missildine

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Alexander Wayne Missildine
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BornDecember 14, 1996
Tyler, Texas
DiedOctober 1, 2017
Salah ad-Dain Province, Iraq
AllegianceUS Military
Service/branchUS Army
Years of service2 Years
RankSpecialist
Battles/warsOperation Inherent Resolve
AwardsBronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge
MemorialsNorthwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

Alexander Wayne Missildine was a Specialist (rank) in the United States Army during Operation Inherent Resolve. [1]He died at age 20 when a roadside bomb near his vehicle exploded.[2]

Early Life

He was born in Tyler, Texas on December 14, 1996 to Michael and Jodie Missildine. He studied leadership and logistics in school and graduated at Robert E. Lee High School, but had the dream of becoming a soldier.[1]

US Military

He joined the Army in 2015, and deployed with his unit in September 2015 on Operation Inherit Resolve[3] with the 10th Mountain Division, 710th Brigade Support Battalion.[4] He reached the rank of a Specialist and served as a motor transport operator.[2] Later, he left for Fort Polk to volunteer to fight and assist Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[5]

Death

Alexander died on October 1, 2017 due to injuries from a roadside bomb in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq. [4] He was 20 years old when killed and it is still unclear what he was doing when he died, what is known is that he was driving in a motor vehicle. With him, another US Soldier whose name was not released, was critically injured. [5] The The Pentagon released the news of his death the following month.[5]

The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial in Northwood Community Park of Bryan and Yale in Irvine, California added his name in 2018. It also honors fallen soldiers that died in Iran or Syria in multiple conflicts.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alexander Missildine Obituary (11/14/1996 - 10/1/2017) - Tyler, Texas, TX - Tyler Morning Telegraph". obituaries.tylerpaper.com. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Snow, Shawn (2017-10-03). "Pentagon identifies 10th Mountain soldier killed in Iraq". Military Times. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  3. "Army Spc. Alexander W. Missildine| Military Times". thefallen.militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Soldier killed in Iraq bomb blast was just starting first deployment". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Post, Washington (Oct. 3, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. PDT). "She said, "Promise me you'll come back." He died just days after arriving". Washington Post. Retrieved 3/29/21. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)

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