St. Joseph Soldier Proud to Fight Overseas for Freedom

Published 09/19 2012 11:02PM

Updated 09/19 2012 11:12PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) During a time of resentment toward America, a St. Joseph native is serving his country in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Devin Wallingford, 21, is currently serving a nine month deployment overseas in the Army.

The young sergeant graduated from Lafayette High School in 2009. Six months later, he joined the Army.

In a phone call, Wallingford mentioned he hasn't seen much of the unrest that has taken over much of the region.

He is just honored his family has nominated him as a Hometown Hero.

An honor his family is happy to share as their son fights in a war.
"He will do fine over there," said Butch Grimm. "I know he is strong and we are proud of him."

During his short military service, Wallingford has been promoted four times.

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