PFC Matthew W. Wilson

PFC Matthew W. Wilson

Birth
Death 1 Jun 2009 (aged 19)
Kane Ezzat, Wardak, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot burial will be August 19, 2009
Memorial ID 37874986 · View Source
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Army Pfc. Wilson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Fort Drum, New York. He died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle at Nerkh, Afghanistan. Matthew went into foster care at the age of 13 and bounced around homes across southwest Missouri. His mother died in 2003 and his father had a stroke and could no longer care for him. He was enrolled in Miller High School in Miller, Missouri from 2006 to 2007. Matthew played on the school's football team for one season and had an interest in computer, but his true passion was to join the armed forces. After a rough childhood, he wanted to belong to a group and be a part of something – he wanted to do something for his country. After joining the Army on January 3, 2008, he was trained as an ammunition handler. Before leaving for basic training, he spent a few months living with two friends' and their mother, Lisa Jester. As he was leaving for basic training, he left behind his mother's shawl with Lisa, the only item he had to remember her by. She still has the shawl in her cedar chest where she placed it to make sure it was safe. Matthew was deployed to Afghanistan in January but didn't plan on re-enlisting – he wanted to be with his wife, Ashlynn, and new son full time. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Matthew was an easygoing, good kid. He liked to fish, hunt and always wanted his own family. He did not live to see his first Father's Day.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 3 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37874986
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Matthew W. Wilson (18 Oct 1989–1 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37874986, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .