U. S. Army Specialist 4, Matthew Christopher Powell of Slidell, LA was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2010 from Fort Campbell KY. Matthew was home on leave in September 2010. He had such a great time. He was struggling with things going on over there but he stood proud as an American soldier. As his leave drew to a close, we drove to the airport on September 21 trying not to cry. Matthew would not let me stay with him at the airport. He told me he had to get his head together to head back to Afghanistan. I left and watched as he walked to the gate.
I was so proud of the man he was. He made it back to Afghanistan safely. On October 12, 2010 he was riding a military vehicle to get gas and hit an IED. Matthew died from his injuries. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Veterans Honor medal and Efficiency Honor Fidelity.
Matthew was counting the days to get home. He loved visiting family, boiling seafood, and going to New Orleans and spending time in the city.
While he was on leave, he spent a lot of time at our church and hung out with church friends. His church family was also very important to him. Matthew had so much love in his heart. Everyone loved being around him – he always made people laugh. Matthew touched everyone who knew him with his beautiful smile and personality. Matt, we miss you tremendously. He was a gift from God.