Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army
Name: Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics
From: North Canton, Ohio
Incident: Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics died June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Tech. Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer.
Family, friends remember soldier killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
When Ed Bendekgey, a Spanish teacher, needed to lighten the mood in the classroom, he could count on Matthew J. Kuglics.
Bendekgey would kick Kuglics a straight line and he knew he could count on an answer. “Even in Spanish,” he said.
An Air Force staff sergeant, Kuglics, 25, of North Canton, Ohio, was killed by a roadside bomb June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was a 2000 high school graduate and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He last called his family to say he had received their birthday gifts — a Spider-Man Xbox 360 video game, a bottle of dill pickles and a pepperoni sausage.
“He was a perfect son, and the perfect big brother,” said his…