Phoenix (AP) -- A 60-year-old Vietnam War Veteran killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has become the oldest army soldier to die in that conflict, the military said Thursday.
Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was a Cincinnati native who served in Vietnam and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but his wife was against it.
His brother, Richard Hutchison, told the Associated Press on Thursday that when she died, "a part of him died" so he signed up in July 2007.
The Pentagon says Steven Hutchison was killed in Iraq on Sunday. Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Nanks said today that Hutchison was the oldest army soldier killed in Iraq.
His brother says Hutchison served in Afghanistan for a year before deploying to Iraq in October, heading a 12-soldier team that trained the Iraqi military.