Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Matthew J DeYoung

Talent, Oregon

February 18, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Marine Sgt

2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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February 24, 2011

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Marine Sgt. Matthew J. DeYoung honored in dignified transfer Feb. 19
2/19/2011 - A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Sgt. Matthew DeYoung, of Talent, Ore., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Feb. 19, 2011. DeYoung was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

From The Oregonian oregonlive.com 02/21/11:

Body of Marine from Southern Oregon, killed in Afghanistan, returned to Dover
Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 1:44 PM Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 1:52 PM


Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian 
The remains of a U.S. Marine from Oregon who died Friday in Afghanistan have been returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Sgt. Matthew J. Deyoung, 26, of Talent, in southwestern Oregon near Medford, died Friday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

A member of a battalion known as "Swift, Silent, Deadly," Deyoung was an assistant team leader assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He joined the Corps in 2004 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and 2007. He was promoted to sergeant in June 2008, one month after returning from his second tour of duty in Iraq.

He has been awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Aisha, and daughter, McKenzy Janae.

Deyoung is the 32nd member of the military with Oregon or Southwest Washington ties to die in Afghanistan, and the 145th to die in the combined Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts.
-- Kimberly A.C. Wilson

From KATU TV 2 katu.com 02/18/11:

PORTLAND, Ore. - A U.S. Marine from southern Oregon was killed Friday in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Matthew J. Deyoung, 26, died during combat in Helmand Province. He was from Talent, which is a small town about halfway between Medford and Ashland.

He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Deyoung, an assistant team leader, was deployed to Afghanistan in November 2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served in Iraq from January 2006 to August 2006 and again from October 2007 to May 2008.

He joined the Marine Corps in November 2004 and was promoted to sergeant on June 1, 2008.

He is survived by his wife and child.

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