On Saturday, July 19, 40 friends and family members of SFC Matthew Kahler gathered at the home of his father, Ron Kahler,
of Searles, to dedicate a flag pole and flags given in his honor by 'Flags for the Fallen Military.'
SFC Kahler was killed in action at Wagul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 26, 2008. Also honored were members of his platoon who were killed or wounded on July 13, 2008, at the Battle of Combat Outpost Kahler, and July 21, 2014 Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts. Pitts served with SFC Kahler.
The dedication was officiated by David Larson of "Flags for the Fallen Military" and the Rev. Ric Jacobsen of Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm.
Pictured at the flagpole from left are cousins, Brant and Drew Kahler; SFC Kahler's father Ron Kahler, and cousin Kristofer Orth.