INDEPENDENCE, MO, USA U.S. Army SPC, 127TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANY, 709TH MP BN, 18TH MP BDE, HANAU, GERMANY BAGHDAD, IRAQ 08/04/2007
Matthew was second of two children. Melissa was born first and she is now 27. Matthew is two year younger and he would have been 25 on the 11th of October.
He graduated from Olathe East High School and in 2005, he joined the Army. He went to Fort Leonard Wood for his Basic and AIT. In February of 2006, he was assigned to Hanau, Germany. November of 2006, he was deployed to Iraq.
Matthew loved the Army. He loved his friends. He loved his family and we all loved him so much. His grandparents, Leona and Rayburn Wilkle and Ralph and Jane Perry were proudest of all.
He returned to Kansas City in April of 2007 and headed to Fla. to visit his GRANNY who was dying of cancer. They spent their time saying goodbye. April 23rd, Matthew returned to Iraq and June 6th, Granny died. Almost 2 months to the day, Matthew joined Granny in Heaven. August 4, 2007, Matthew was killed when he was hit with an EFP, while on a convoy, headed from Northern Iraq to his base, Camp Kalsu.
Sergeant Kenneth Gibson compared Matthew M. Murchison’s sense of humor to that of Larry the Cable Guy, a comedian and self-professed redneck.
“Murchison, man, he could take the most stressful situation and turn it into a comedy” Gibson said
He had several jobs but nothing he could really get into and in August 2005 decided to join the Army, according to his father, Michael. Outside the military, said his father, his son was into computers and cars. He had an older Camaro, Murchison said. He said when got back from Iraq he was going to buy a new one.
Murchison described his son as loyal. He was close to his friends, he said. I’ve even received e-mails from Iraq giving their condolences.
Murchison said he was proud of his son. He was doing what he wanted to do, he said. He did more in 21 years than many people do in a lifetime.
He also is survived by his mother, Deborah Shanahan.
Matthew, you are forever missed.