Matthew Eric George
Specialist, United States Army
Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 803-10
September 03, 2010
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died August 31, 2010, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Staff Sergeant Vinson B. Adkinson III, 26, of Harper, Kansas
Sergeant Raymond C. Alcaraz, 20, of Redlands, California
Private First Class Matthew E. George, 22, of Gransboro, North Carolina
Private First Class James A. Page, 23, of Titusville, Florida
They were assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.
For more information the media may contact
the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army public affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-8694
Matthew was born in Portsmouth, February 10, 1988, and at a young age enjoyed playing Little League baseball. He was an outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. Matthew headed into every endeavor in his life with great passion. He was truly a kid at heart always joking and sharing a laugh. He was caring and always gave from his heart.
Matthew enlisted in the United States Army March 4, 2009 at the age of 21. After completing training, he was assigned to the Transportation Platoon in Alpha Company 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne). While deployed, he completed more than 180 missions with his platoon, serving in the capacity of driver, gunner and dismount. He served his country with honor and made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Donnie and Bridget George; sisters, Michelle Pappas and husband Jason, and Kelly Curtis and husband Mark; brother, William George and wife Jessica; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
A celebration of Matthew's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice that honors children.
8 September 2010:
A soldier from Virginia Beach was near the
end of his deployment when he was killed in combat in Afghanistan last
GEORGE, MATTHEW ERIC
Posted: 26 April 2011
Photos By Eileen Horan, December 2010