East Texas soldier killed in Iraq identified

Elias Hubbard
October 3, 2017

A 20-year-old solider from Texas has died in the explosion of a homemade bomb in Iraq.

His death marks the eighth US service member killed in action fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria in 2017. The Iraqi campaign against ISIS has since moved to focus on Hawija in the Kirkuk province.

Nineveh's largest city and capital is Mosul, which Iraqi forces with US -led coalition backing retook from ISIS in July.

Parts of Nineveh, however, remain littered with explosives and booby traps that forces must clear, Pentagon officials have said.

Spc. Alexander W. Missildine.

Missildine joined the Army in July 2015. Missildine deployed with his unit in September 2017 to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Missildine's death, which remains under investigation marks the 13th service member killed in Iraq or Syria since 2014. More than 50 have been wounded in action.

Those explosive devices took Missildine's life.

Missildine graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2015.

In addition to Missildine, one USA soldier was injured in Sunday's IED blast.

"This is the face of an American hero, somebody who gave his all", Brown wrote.

Missildine's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge, according to the Army.

Missildine is survived by his mother, father and step-parents.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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