Minnesota native Sgt. Matthew Harmon was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, reportedly while hauling a military vehicle damaged by an I.E.D. near the Pakistani border, his father said.
Harmon, 29, a 2000 graduate of Fosston High School in northern Minnesota, was on his third deployment to the region. He signed up for the military right out of high school.
Tom Harmon last spoke with his son in July before he left for Afghanistan.
"We did the typical small talk and told him that we loved him and that we'd try to keep in contact," he said.
Harmon and his wife haven't slept since they were notified of their son's death last night. Matthew Harmon also leaves behind his wife and three young children, ages 8, 5, and 3.
"For myself, and I think for my wife, too, we realize he's gone, and we realize that nobody forced him to do what he was doing," Tom Harmon said. "And so we don't hold any ill will anywhere. We're mostly just concerned with the children. Now they've lost their father."
Funeral arrangements are pending.