Time of Remembrance

Matthew L. Ingram

Age:

25

Hometown:

Pearl, MS

Date of Death:

2009/08/21

Incident Location:

Chapa Dara, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SGT

Unit:

2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Carson, CO

SGT Matthew L. Ingram, 25, of Pearl, MS, died August 21, 2009 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO. He died in Chapa Dara, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and his unit came under small fire from enemy forces.

Matthew joined the Army the summer of 2003 and did basic training at Fort Benning. His mother and Hastings visited him there on parents’ day, and at Matthew’s request, Hastings wore his uniform. He became a sergeant before returning for a second tour in Iraq. He didn’t get back home until early 2007. Ingram was reassigned to South Korea, where he spent 10 months before his entire brigade was deployed to Iraq, where he spent a year.
While visiting back home, Matthew enjoyed the hobbies of paintball and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, his mother said. The 25-year-old Newton County native already had a Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in his second tour of duty in Iraq before being sent to Afghanistan in May. His mother, Patricia, said Army officials called with the news of his death. “It’s the worst news that anybody had ever told me,” she said, “but this is what he wanted to do. No date has been set for funeral services in Newton County, where he grew up.

He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their 10-month-old daughter, Chloe, who lived with him near Fort Carson, CO, where he was stationed.