Army Maj. Michael L. Mundell, 47, of Brandenburg, Ky.
Maj. Mundell was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 108th Division (Institutional Training), Spartanburg, S.C. died Jan. 5 in Fallujah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH A roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq, detonated and claimed the life of a soldier with local ties.
Army Major Michael Mundell, 47, grew up in Canonsburg, Washington County.
He graduated from Canon-McMillan High School and attended Washington and Jefferson College.
Friends and family say becoming a soldier was a lifelong dream for Mundell.
According to his family, Mundell spent about 12 years in active duty the first time around. He started this tour of duty last year on Father's Day and planned to be home by Father's Day this year.
"That is the hardest thing for my wife to accept at this point. Not just that he has died, but him leaving behind four children, the oldest of which is about to graduate from high school and theoretically he would have been here for her graduation," said Ken Sofranko, Mundell's brother-in-law.
Mundell had just returned to active duty after he was hit by a sniper's bullet.
"He was a good man. He was like my hero," said Taylor Sofranko, Mundell's niece.
Army Maj. Michael L. Mundell was killed in action on 01/05/07.