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Soldier with county ties dies in combat



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May 04, 2011 | 09:05 AM
Elkhorn — Sgt. Matthew Hermanson, 22, of Appleton and with family ties to Walworth County, died from small arms fire April 28 in Wardek Province, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hermanson's death was confirmed by the DOD on May 1. According to the DOD's official release, Hermanson was killed in action when enemy forces attacked his unit. The Wardek Province, where Hermanson died, is in the east central part of Afghanistan.

Hermanson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

Hermanson was married to Rachel (Younger) Hermanson of Elkhorn. He and his wife were to celebrate their first wedding anniversary May 8, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Hermansons were married by Rachel's father, the Rev. Don Younger, at Calvary Community Church, Williams Bay.

According to news reports, Hermanson was the youngest of four boys and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Hermanson had recently been notified he was to be promoted to staff sergeant and was expecting to come home for a two-week leave on May 20.

Hermanson graduated from Appleton North High School in 2006. He was deployed in November 2010.

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