Matthew J England

Matthew J England

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U. S. Army
06/08/2011, AN NAJAF, IRAQ

Twenty-two year old Army Private First Class Matthew J. England died June 8, 2011 in An Najaf province, Iraq.  His unit was supporting Operation New Dawn, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. England entered active-duty service in September 2009 as an armor crewman.  Matthew England was awarded the Bronze Star.

He’d been deployed since August and was assigned to maintain tanks and escort military convoys. Matthew England graduated from Lutie High School where he was known as “Matt-Man” by close friends. “He was funny and always had fun doing anything. He made anything funny really,” said his best friend.  Matthew’s family moved to Ozark County from Tennessee when he was just a boy.  Matt was all over the woods and enjoyed playing in the water. He was full of life and full of spunk.  His grandfathers served in previous wars and his stepfather earned a Bronze Star. That was Matthew’s goal as well.  Matt-Man’s family is definitely proud of him for serving.  It was no secret that Matthew’s first choice had been the Air Force, but his service and final resting place is his Army home.  Matthew’s parents are from the Missouri community of Gainesville, Missouri and selected Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery as his final resting place.

On the day of Matthew’s funeral, Fort Leonard Wood’s Post Commander invited active duty and civilians on post to line the route of march as Matthew’s process of friends and family escorted Matthew England to his final resting place.

Matthew’s portrait is also on Poster 12


5 Responses to “Matthew J England”
  1. Victor Broussard says:

    I wear a memory band for Matthew because he’s the only soldier I’ve ever served with that died on my tour. I want to never forget that this war has taken so many young lives. I know his family and close friends will never forget but the men who send the young off to war don’t know the real cost of life on the battle field.
    I am now serving in Afghanistan and Matthew is along for the ride. It’s Christmas time and it doesn’t feel like it but I don’t mind at all because so many aren’t here to enjoy any time of the year. I have faith they are enjoying the beauty of a place far more happier than our world.
    RIP England

  2. Mary &Gary Brown says:

    Stationed here at Fort Leonard Wood and went by the cemetery today to just pay respects to all. Came across Matthew , said an extra prayer for him. Bless him and his family . Thank you Matthew for your service and sacrifice . Love from the Browns.

  3. In Memory says:

    When one of your children goes out of your life, you think of what he might have done with a few more years and you wonder what you are going to do with the rest of yours.

    You never really accept it; you just go through the motions.

    Then one day, because there is a world to be lived in, you find yourself a part of it again, trying to accomplish something–something that he did not have time enough to do.

    And, perhaps, that is the reason for it all. I hope so.
    ~Joseph Kennedy (father of President John F Kennedy)

  4. Elizabeth Horde says:

    Hello, my name is Elizabeth and my husband works for Adesa Auto Auction and his job is to detail the inside of cars. He found a memory band inside of a car, for Matthew and we want to return it to its rightful owner. We know his family misses him dearly and we just want to return the memory band. Please contact me by Email The band was found in Memphis, TN. Thank you again.

  5. Wayne & Lisa Monaghan says:

    Lisa and I were traveling home from Branson on Memorial Day 2019. We saw Matthew’s name on a road sign. We have a son who served 3 tours in Iraq. We were blessed that he came home each time unscathed. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. And may Matthew R & IP.
    Wayne Monaghan
    Batesville, Arkansas

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