Capt Matthew David Roland

Capt Matthew David Roland

South Dakota, USA
Death 26 Aug 2015 (aged 27)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Grave 11042
Memorial ID 151306253 · View Source
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United States Air Force,
Operation Freedom's Sentinel,

Captain, Matthew David Roland, 27 years, 9 months and 2 days of age, of Lexington, Kentucky, departed this life from wounds he suffered on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan.

Matthew lived his life to the fullest. At the time of his death, he was doing what he loved, honoring and defending his country. Matthew was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He was deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Matthew was born at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, 1987, son of Mark and Barbara Roland. Being a member of a military family he lived at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Lexington, Kentucky. He attended Lexington Catholic High School before entering the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating with the class of 2010.

Matthew was survived by his parents, Col. (Ret.) United States Air Force, Mark Roland and Barbara Roland; one sister, Erica Roland; a niece, Willamina Roland; paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Earl Roland of Anderson, South Carolina; maternal grandmother, Rita Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky; and a host of other family and friends who mourn his passing.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Baugh.

Visitations were held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at the Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

Memorial services were held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at the Lexington Catholic High School. The Clark Legacy Center in Lexington, Kentucky was in charge of the arrangements for Matthew.

Burial took place in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full military honors.


1 Thessalonians 4. 16-18
(King James Version)

16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


Staff Sergeant, Forrest Brent Sibley was also killed in the attack.

Gravesite Details Obituary information courtesy of family friend.

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