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Parents: Kirksville soldier killed in Jordan was 'born leader'

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Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -

A Special Forces soldier from Missouri who was among three Americans killed last week in Jordan is being remembered by his parents as a "born leader" and "true American."

Chuck and Cindy Lewellen also say 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen of Kirksville wanted to be a soldier since the third grade and "was doing what he loved to do."

The former Kirksville High School prom king and football and track standout was with a group of military trainers whose convoy came under fire last Friday as they entered a Jordan base. The other soldiers who were killed were from Arizona and Texas.

Lewellen attended Missouri's Truman State University and was enrolled at the University of Kansas when he joined the Army in 2010. He most recently lived in Nashville.

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