August 22, 2014

Matthew Leggett - U.S. Military Casualty in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, age 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died on August 20, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy.
Matthew Leggett

It has been reported but not confirmed that Matthew was stabbed by a Taliban insurgent. 

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Matthew was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Army in May of 1995 and had been based at Fort Bragg since 2012. 

He served three combat tours and had been previously wounded. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal sixth award, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon third award, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the NATO ISAF Medal.

Matthew's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He is
Angels of God, pray for Matthew and for
those who have lost him
described as an exceptional noncommissioned officer and a valued member of their team. He will be forever remembered.

Matthew's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Matthew is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his mother, Thea Marie Kurtz and his father, Thomas Leggett.

Thank you for serving, Matthew.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Matthew.

Pray that Matthew is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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