A 30 year old soldier, from Woodsboro, died Sunday in Afghanistan, when a vehicle he was traveling in was hit by an improvised explosive device. U.S. Army Specialist Ronald Wildrick Jr.'s sister, Christie Berkey, shared some fun memories of her brother when they where very young and living near a campground in New Jersey. "One time we all decided to play hide-n-seek. My brother is a very skinny and a thin person. We ended up finding him, tucked away and crammed inside this metal garbage can. Eventually, his nickname progressed to 'rubbermaid' because he always bounced back from things," said Berkey. "My brother joined the Army because he said he wanted to do something that would take care of his kids, 5 year old Kaylee and 3 year old Leah."
Wildrick's remains were flown to Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware, Thursday night. "We haven't set a date yet, because we have to wait for them to release his remains, but services will be held at Hartzler Funeral Home, in Woodsboro," continued Berkey. "He signed up for the Infantry. Not just the Army, he had to go to the Infantry. And I remember him telling me, when I asked him why, and he said that he wanted to do something for his girls, and he wanted them to be proud of their dad," Berkey said.
Wildrick's best friend, U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher L. Muniz, 24, of New Cuyama, Calif., was also killed during the attack, the Defense Department said. Both were stationed at the Schofield Barracks, in Hawaii.