Pfc. Matthew E. Wildes, 18, of Hammond, La., joined the Army in 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan on May 24, 2009, and died August 27 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
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Staff Sgt. Kurt R. Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but lived most of his life in Utah. He enlisted in the Army just after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, wanting to make the world a better place. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, Kurt died August 26, 2009, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot while his unit was supporting Afghan security forces during an enemy attack. This was his third tour of duty, he had 2 previous ones in Iraq.