Matthew James DeYoung

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Talent, OR

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Sergeant Matthew DeYoung served as Assistant Team Leader assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In December 2010, one of DeYoung’s Marine Corps was struck by an I.E.D. Sprinting through uncleared terrain, he provided lifesaving first aid until he could be evacuated.

DeYoung’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflect the highest values and traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Matthew was survived by his wife, young daughter, father, mother, siblings, and many other family members.

Matthew’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart with a gold star, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with a bronze star, National Defense Ribbon, Afghan Campaign with a bronze star, Iraq Campaign with two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, and the NATO Isaf-Afghanistan, award among many others.

Age: 26

Date of Death: February 18, 2011

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