From the DOD: Sgt. Matthew C. Bohling, 22, of Eagle River, Alaska, died on Sept. 5, 2005, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Bohling was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
Of course, there's more to it than that. One other Soldier was injured and an Iraqi soldier was killed by that bomb. And Sergeant Bohling's life had more to it, too.
By all accounts, Matt Bohling was a well-liked Army Sergeant who loved the outdoors...hunting, fishing, and, especially, off-roading. I don't know for sure if he was a tanker or not, but he sure sounds like he would fit that bill, wouldn't he?
Matt expressed confidence in the mission to loved ones at home and his family is part of the Warrior Caste. Below is an article by the AP:
Alaska Army sergeant killed in Iraq
Eagle River man killed when Humvee set off roadside bomb
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANCHORAGE - Army Sgt. Matthew Charles Bohling was a lifelong Alaskan who loved hauling in salmon or kicking up mud in an off-road vehicle.
Bohling made sure to enjoy Alaska's outdoors when he came home on leave from Iraq just a few weeks ago.
"Oh, yeah, he was fishing and having a great time," said The Rev. Brad Rud, a family spokesman. "He only had a week and a half, 10 days, from Iraq and then right back to Iraq."
Bohling, of Eagle River, was on his second combat tour in the Middle East.
Bohling volunteered for his first tour of duty in the Persian Gulf, according to information his parents, Charles and Sandra Bohling, gave the Anchorage Daily News in 2003. Bohling had been gone all year during his second stint in the Middle East, Rud said.
"It was Matthew's dream to be in the military," his father wrote. "He volunteered to be a replacement in the war with Iraq and within two weeks was gone from his unit at Fort Benning, Ga., and on the ground in the Mideast."
In 2003, Bohling's father wrote that his son "loves the typical Alaska lifestyle and is happy with gun or rod in hand. Fun is at its best for him if a four-wheeler is involved."
Rud confirmed Bohling's reputation as an enthusiastic outdoorsman.
"He just loved adventure, he loved being out hunting, fishing," Rud told the Daily News on Tuesday. "He truly loved Alaska.
Charles Bohling is a member of the Army National Guard. Bohling's brother Joshua enlisted in the Army six months ago and is training in Florida, Rud said.
In addition to his parents and brother, Bohling is survived by a younger sister, Sarah.
Matt's father, Charles Bohling, is a Master Sergeant in the Alaska Army National Guard. His brother Joshua is on Active Duty in the Army in training at Eglin AFB (in the middle of Ranger School?), I believe.
The family will open the funeral service to the community and all veterans and military.
Godspeed, Sergeant Matthew Bohling.