- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 22, 1983
- Date of passing: Apr 15, 2008
|Let the memory of Cpl Kyle be with us forever|
24, of Rogers, Ark.; assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 15 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. Also killed was Marine 1st Sgt. Luke J. Mercardante.
Ark. Marine killed in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
ROGERS, Ark. — The Defense Department has announced that a Marine from Rogers was killed in a combat operation in Afghanistan.
Family members say Cpl. Kyle W. Wilks was on a convoy when his vehicle was struck April 15 by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. The family says a military report says Wilks was killed instantly.
The 24-year-old Wilks was the son of Randall and Kathy Wilks and was a 2002 graduate of Rogers High School.
Wilks’ uncle, Steve Wilks, says his nephew had to stay behind because of a health problem when his Marine Corps unit first shipped out for a tour in Iraq. Kyle Wilks later found out that the soldier who went in his place was killed by a roadside bomb. Steve Wilks says that knowledge makes his nephew’s death harder to grasp.
Family members and friends say Kyle Wilks wanted to go into law enforcement after his hitch was up. Wilks is being remembered for his friendliness — people who knew him said he had an easy smile and that he could strike up a conversation with anyone.
Also killed was 1st Sgt. Luke J. Mercardante of Athens, Ga.
They were members of Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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