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Published August 16, 2011, 07:52 PM

Soldier Killed in Action Leaves Void in Fosston, MN

Harmon graduated from Fosston High School in 2000 and was a very active student. He decided shortly after high school that he wanted to serve his country.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Family and friends continue to mourn the loss of U.S. Army Sargeant Matthew Harmon.

The Fosston, MN, native was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.

Harmon graduated from Fosston High School in 2000 and was a very active student. He decided shortly after high school that he wanted to serve his country.

"He was very active. Sports, plays. He was a busy boy," Matthew's mother Irene said.

Irene says she is still in shock over the news of his death, but there has been a lot of family and community support. She says she's not bitter with the military.

"He was doing what his job required him to do. Not everybody wants to be in deployment. Nobody does. But he knew that was part of the job," Irene said.

Even though Mathew hasn't lived in Fosston since high school, friends say there is a void left in town.

"He and my son ran cross country together, so I had a little bit of a closer connection to him for a few years. He comes from a really solid family and he is going to be missed," former high school principal Tom Sedler said.

Matthew leaves behind a wife and three kids that are stationed in Germany. Irene Harmon says they will return home soon to be with family .

"We've got three wonderful grand kids from him that are going to need their grandparents and their mother, their siblings, and aunts and uncles," Irene said.

There are plans to hold a memorial in the Fosston school gym, but a date has not been set yet.

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