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Londonderry soldier killed in on-base motorcycle crash at Fort Riley, Kansas

Union Leader Correspondent

September 18. 2018 2:58PM

Pfc. Timothy Meuse, 20, who joined the U.S. Army last year, died following a motorcycle accident Saturday night. (Courtesy)

LONDONDERRY - Army Pfc. Timothy Meuse, 20, died Sunday as a result of a motorcycle accident at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Meuse lost control of his motorcycle while driving on post Saturday night, according to a statement from the 1st Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One. Meuse was taken to Irwin Army Community Hospital and was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Fort Riley law enforcement officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Sharon Fawcett of Londonderry said Meuse grew up with her son, Alex, from elementary school through high school. Meuse graduated high school early and worked for Fawcett’s company, Bode Equipment Co., installing shelving and docking doors at job sites before he enlisted in the Army.

Fawcett called him “wise beyond his years.”

“Tim was such a nice kid and we were very fortunate to have him work for Bode for a short time before enlisting in the Army,” Fawcett said. “He was smart, funny and a little quirky, and always super polite.”

Both Meuse’s father and grandfather served in the U.S. Army, she said.

Fawcett said memorial services have yet to be finalized since family isn’t sure when Meuse’s body will be returned to New Hampshire.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said he didn’t know Meuse personally but he was an “upstanding member of the community” by all accounts.

“We’re grateful for his outstanding service to our country,” Smith said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Pfc. Meuse was beloved by his fellow soldiers, said Lt. Col. Tyler Andersen, his battalion commander, in a statement.

“He was a great young soldier, and everyone in the company is stunned by his loss,” the commander said.

Meuse was an infantryman with Company C, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in February 2017, arrived at Fort Riley in June 2017 and deployed to Poland in September 2017 as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

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