LEWISVILLE, TX, USA U.S. Army MAJ, CO B, 1ST BN, 160TH SPECIAL OPS AVIATION REGT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY YUSUFIYAH, IRAQ 05/14/2006
Major Matthew Wade Worrell died May 14, 2006, when his AH-6M Little Bird helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraq. He was thirty-four years old. Major Worrell was assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) ,Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served as Commander for A Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 2/17 CAV, he participated in the liberation of Iraqi cities: An-Najaf, Karbala, Al-Hillah, and Baghdad. In 2003 Matt was accepted to the Army’s elite helicopter unit, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment known as the “Night Stalkers”. He proudly served as a platoon leader with the 160th’s B Company, the “Six Guns”.
Matthew graduated from Lewisville High School in 1990 and then attended Texas A&M University in College Station where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. During his college years Matt participated in many student activities including Aggie Bonfire and Parson’s Mounted Cavalry. In 1995 he graduated and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. His commissioning officer was his proud grandfather, Major (Ret) Jack M. Sherman. The same year Matt married the love of his life, Camille McNeese of Houston.
Matt was a dedicated soldier, never doubting his mission. He was proud to serve his country and will be remembered by his family and friends as a true Hero. In addition to his many awards and decorations he was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart, and nominated for the Silver Star. Matt was a good neighbor and friend. He was always eager to help and enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends and fellow soldiers. He was affectionately known as “Bubba”, and he particularly looked forward to holidays taking special pleasure in watching his boys Jake and Luke play with their cousins. Matt was a loving father and he delighted in teaching his boys how to play baseball and soccer.
Night Stalkers Don’t Quit. Six Guns Don’t Miss.