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Published August 27, 2011, 05:26 PM

Family Says Goodbye to Fallen Lengby, MN Soldier

Family and Friends say goodbye to a soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Hundreds gathered at Fosston High School to show their honor and support for the family.

Family and Friends say goodbye to a soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Hundreds gathered at Fosston High School to show their honor and support for the family.

Members of the Minnesota Patriot Guard lined the streets of Fosston, as friends and family of Sergeant Matthew Harmon came to say goodbye.

"I never figured my son was going to die in battle." Matthew's father Tom Harmon said.

"I'm proud that he's a soldier and I'm proud for what he's done and he has got to do a lot in life. I guess I didn't expect him to have such a short life." Matthew's mother Irene Harmon said.

Harmon was killed earlier this month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Serving two prior tours of duty in Iraq, he impacted fellow soldiers lives.

"He was always willing to help you out whenever he could and if he had to take it, then he'd take a bullet, that's just the way he was, and as it shows, he gave." family friend Sergeant Robert Garza said.

Sergeant Robert Garza served with Harmon overseas. When he found out about his friends death, he wanted to do something to honor him.

"They were asking for people to come down here and I went up to my chiefs and said I'd be honored to take him down there." Garza said.

Garza was Harmon's military escort, bringing him back to his family, his wife and three kids and the hundreds of people that knew him.

"I'm going to miss the fact that he's not going to see his grandkids or his kids grow up, you know every parent wishes they outlive you." Irene said.

Harmon's family is grateful for all the support they've gotten during this hard time.

A Matt Harmon Memorial Fund has been set up at First National Bank in Fosston, 124 W. First St., Fosston, MN 56542

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