Fort Polk soldier dies from injuries in Iraq

FORT POLK, La. - An East Texas soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana has died following an explosion in Iraq.

Specialist Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas,  was killed Sunday when an improved explosive device detonated near his convoy in Ninawa Province.

Missildine, a motor transport operator, was a 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Missildine joined the Army in July 2015. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he arrived at Fort Polk in December 2015. Missildine deployed with his unit in Sept. 2017 to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
 
Missildine's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one campaign star, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
 
Missildine is survived by his mother, father and step-parents.


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