Soldier Honored: Matthew J. Vosbein
Hometown: Metairie, Lousiana
Branch of Service: Army
Army Sergeant Matthew J. Vosbein, 30, of Metairie, Lousiana, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On August 29th, 2006, he died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol during combat operations in Yusifiyah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sergeant Vosbein dreamed of being a solider in the U.S. Army all of his young life. He attended school in West Frankfort, Tennessee until the age of 10, then moved with his family to Louisiana. His three brothers also chose to serve their country, as well as his father.
He was on his second tour of duty, going back for “the freedom of the Iraqi children.” His mother says that, “he died doing what he loved.” He leaves behind a wife and two small boys.