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Lake County man dies in Afghanistan

CLEARLAKE -- Our nation's war on terrorism has struck home. A devastating call was received by a mother in the community early Monday morning informing her that her son was killed in Afghanistan.


By Denise Rockenstein--Staff reporter
Article Last Updated: 07/21/2008 10:24:37 PM PDT

United States Marine Corps PFC Ivan Wilson, of Clearlake, was killed in action Monday by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was serving combat operations in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Wilson was engaged in his second tour of duty having also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The soldier's mother, Denise Wilson of Lower Lake, was informed of her son's death early Monday morning, according to an information bulletin issued by Ginny Craven of Operation Tango Mike.

"It's not the kind of call you'd ever want to get," Craven said, relaying an expression of the mother's obvious devastation and request for privacy. "I think the family is arriving this morning and there are Marines still with her right now."

Operation Tango Mike works in support of men and women serving the country in the present war in the Middle East. The organization sends care packages to the troops to help relieve the burden of service and provide them with the knowledge that their service is appreciated.

Members of Operation Tango Mike will be gathering this Thursday to prepare the next shipment of care packages. Craven invites members to bring expressions of sympathy for the Wilson family to the meeting if they so wish. On the family's behalf, she also requests that the community respects the Wilson family's request for privacy and allow them the time they need to mourn their loss.

Anyone who wishes to convey their sympathy may send cards or letters by U.S. Mail to Denise Wilson, P.O. Box 1624, Lower Lake, Calif. 95457.