A 2015 Robert E. Lee graduate died from injuries sustained in an explosion just weeks after his unit deployed to Iraq.
Spc. Alexander Wayne Missildine, 20, of Tyler, died Sunday in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Missildine was a motor transport operator assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Missildine graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and 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 September 2017 to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Missildine's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Missildine is survived by his mother, father and stepparents.
Tyler ISD Spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said the district is saddened to learn of Missildine's passing.
"The district joins the Tyler community in thanking him for his service to our country," a statement released by the district read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of loss."