Memorial service set for fallen Iowa soldier


July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) – A memorial service has been set for U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Nielson of Jefferson. The 27-year-old Nielson was killed June 29 in Badrah, Iraq, during a fire attack by insurgents. Two other soldiers also died.

Nielson was born in Omaha, Neb., and lived in Lincoln, Neb., before moving with his family to Iowa, where he grew up in Jefferson. He graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008, then joined the Army.

Nielson’s memorial service will be held noon Sunday at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon, as well as an hour before the Sunday service. Nielson will be buried at 4 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.