Spc. Alexander Missildine – Remembering the Fallen

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Army Spc. Alexander Missildine, 20, was killed on October 1 in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. An IED exploded near his vehicle, killing him and wounding one other soldier, whose name has not been released.

Missildine was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, Louisiana as a motor transport operator. He was less than a month into his first deployment. He joined the Army in 2015, which appears to be right out of high school. His unit was sent to replace a component of the 82nd Airborne, which was tasked with training and assisting Iraqi security forces as they battle the remains of ISIS.

He was from Tyler, Texas. He became the 13th US Serviceman killed since 2014 in Iraq/Syria. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge.

The region where Missildine was killed was reportedly riddled with IEDs and other booby traps.

According to Stars and Stripes,

Iraqi security forces in recent weeks have been conducting combat operations around the town with American support as they aim to push ISIS out of Salaheddin and neighboring Kirkuk province. Shirqat sits along the Tigris River about 60 miles south of Mosul, the former Iraqi capital of ISIS that was declared liberated in July.

Areas of Ninevah, Salaheddin and Kirkuk remain littered with explosives and other booby traps, a favorite weapon among ISIS fighters, Pentagon officials have said.

Military Times reported that after 12 days of fighting, most of the region had been liberated, with the exception of specific parts of Anbar Province and the Euphrates River Valley where factions of ISIS remained. The coalition forces liberated the town of Tal Afar, and were working to retake the town of Hawijah.

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Rest in Peace, Spc Missildine.

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