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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR)-Members of the Patriot Guard will escort the body of a soldier from Hillsboro home after he was killed in combat along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Specialist Matthew Walker died June 5, 2014, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire. His remains arrived at Spirit of St. Louis Airport around 9:30am Saturday.

Spc. Walker was a member of the famed 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He graduated from Grandview High School in Hillsboro before joining the U.S. Army. His mother is a St. Louis city police detective in the second district.

Friends say Walker was a leader and a legacy, a fourth generation soldier who never thought twice about the fact he was going to serve his country.

Best friend Daniel Nixon told FOX 2, “He had planned ever since he was a little kid. It was something he was proud to take on for his name. He was proud to be the next one in the family, to serve for our country.”

Walker, whose rank was Private First Class at his time of death, was promoted posthumously to Specialist.

Visitation for Spc. Walker will be held Sunday, June 15 at the Kutis Funeral Home located at 5255 Lemay Ferry Road.  It is open to the public from 3:00-8:00pm. The funeral will be Monday, June 16 at 11am at Manchester United Methodist Church at 129 Woods Mill Road.