By Calvin Palmer
The Army today confirmed that a reservist from Arizona who fought in the Vietnam War has become the oldest soldier to be killed in combat in Iraq.
Maj. Steven Hutchison, 60, of Scottsdale, was killed on Sunday when a homemade bomb went off near his vehicle in Al Farr, according to the Department of Defense.
His brother Richard said Hutchinson wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 attacks but his wife Candy did not want him to. But when she died of breast cancer, Hutchinson signed up again in July 2007.
“He was very devoted to the service and to his country,” Richard Hutchison said. “For somebody to go back into the military at 60 years old, obviously I didn’t want him to do it, but he had a mind of his own and that’s what he wanted to do. He’s been a soldier his whole life.”
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks today said that Hutchison was the oldest Army soldier killed in Iraq.
He is also the oldest member of any service branch killed since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hutchison was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
[Based on a report by Northern Arizona Today.]