Based: Ft. Drum, N.Y.
1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: August 20, 2009
Kunar province, Afghanistan
Hometown: Oak Park
High School: Oak Park High (Oak Park)
Burial: Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village
After Wolverton graduated from high school in 2006, he spent 2 1/2 years at Moorpark College, where he became interested in cultural anthropology and earned his associate's degree.Read more about Army Private Brian M. Wolverton here and here with many comments from loved ones here.
In January, the Oak Park resident signed up for a six-year hitch in the Army.
Part of Wolverton's motivation was to continue an unbroken military tradition for men in his family, dating from his father's Army service to a great-great-grandfather's stint in the Union army during the Civil War, his parents said.
He is survived by his parents, who are both accountants and longtime Oak Park residents; and his 17-year-old brother, Michael. Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village.
At an early age, Wolverton was a fan of war action video games, such as "Call of Duty 4" and the Magic fantasy card game, his mother said. But track became the focus of his teen years. Later, while in college, he worked as an assistant track coach at his high school.
Wolverton wanted an Army career but planned to pursue a bachelor's degree, probably in cultural anthropology, through the GI Bill, his parents said.
The remains of Private 1st Class Brian M. Wolverton of Oak Pakr arrives at Van Nuys Airport. He was killed while serving in the Army in Afghanistan.
Christopher Wolverton and his wife Miriam view the casket that contains the body of their son Private 1st Class Brian M. Wolverton, 21, arrive at Van Nuys Airport, August 27, 2009
Photos by Chuck Kirman / Star staff August 27
Here's a Ranger video from Wolverton's MySpace page:
Army Private Brian M. Wolverton was previously remembered here on Friday, August 20, 2010.