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Published August 29, 2011, 08:40 PM

Hundreds Gather to Say Goodbye to Lengby, MN, Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

FOSSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to a soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Hundreds gathered at Fosston High School to show their honor and support for the family.

FOSSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Family and friends said goodbye Saturday 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 dad 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 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," Sgt. Robert Garza said.

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 Harmon said.

Harmon's family say they're grateful for all of the support they've gotten through this very difficult time.

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