In memory of
Cpl. Matthew L. Alexander
Teachers and students remembered Matthew L. Alexander as a gregarious young man who made friends easily, ran track and was passionate about playing percussion in the band.
"My greatest memory of him is just the sheer number of friends he had at this school," said Kirk Eledge, principal of his old high school. "When you''re a kind-spirited person, a lot of people are going to connect with you like that."
Alexander, 21, of Gretna, Neb., was killed May 6 by a roadside bomb in Baqubah. He was a 2004 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Lewis.
"He was just a real genuine young man," said Eledge. "When I think of Matt, I kind of think about him always having a smile on his face. He was very warm individual, very down to earth."
Alexander got married on Valentine''s Day to a classmate, Kara, who played flute in the high school band.
"He was always the guy that wanted to get things done," said Mark Irvin, the band''s director. "He never would say, it''s not my job."
At a recent concert, his high school band dedicated the song "Glory," a military march, to Alexander.
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