Matthew Leggett
1974 - 2014
Murphy Funeral Homes
4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
Leggett, Matthew "LET'S GET IT ON" was Matthew's favorite saying when he was on motorcycle rides with his brother Ben or participating in online racing forums. Matthew (Matt) was born in Wabasha, Minnesota on October 13, 1974 to Thea Kurz, of Port Edwards, Wisconsin and Thomas Leggett of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. He has two brothers, Roderick and Benjamin, as well as two nieces and a nephew. He was raised with his brothers in Pepin, Wisconsin. He spent his early childhood and early teenage summers fishing and paddling around the Mississippi river on various watercrafts. Once the family moved to Colorado, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains could not stop him from enjoying the outdoors. His fascination with the outdoors involved camping, fishing, hiking, running, snowboarding (almost competitively), and sitting in a perfect spot to ponder thoughts. Matt loved racing, either online or in person. He always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail from start to finish. Matt also wanted to ride his motorcycle from the Florida Keys to Alaska with those he was close to. Matt attended Westminster Elementary School, Hodgkin's Middle School, and graduated from Westminster High School in May 1993. While in high school, he was enrolled in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and moved up the ranks quickly and was able to join the Army as an E-3. He joined the United States Army in 1995, and attended boot camp at Fort Knox, KY. Matt served at many duty stations to include locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Germany, Kentucky, Hawaii, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina. Where ever he was stationed with the U.S. Army, Matt took advantage of the travel; he saw everyplace he could get to, on top of mountains, to valleys, and even along trails to take a picture of a lonely rock with a heart carved into it. Matt was the proudest when he became a Calvary Scout. He wore that Stetson Hat proudly! Prior to the start of any mission, he would blast the song "Don't fear the reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult. Matt loved to cook using recipes from his mother and grandmother. He enjoyed many varieties of food but mostly he enjoyed Dr. Pepper, coffee, steaks, hamburgers, cheesecakes, and "NATO" shakes. He was able to cheer up a crowded room with a simple tilt of his head and a smile. He was always joking about something and making weird faces, but he always made people smile. If you were not smiling, you may have a prank pulled on you to make you smile. Although Matt did not have any immediate family of his own, he loved his nieces and nephew like they were his own children. The three brothers were best friends. Matt loved and talked about his family frequently, as his best friends would know everything about his mother, brothers, nieces, and nephew before even meeting them. Matt knew how to comfort people in times of need. Those who knew Matt will miss his generous heart and his ability to make anyone smile. Matt always cared for others, much more than he did for himself. He wore his heart proudly on his sleeve. He was an outstanding leader who cared for those above and below him. If there were any issues with his troopers, Matt would spend the time to correct them and ensure his troopers were taken care of. The nation lost a man who could actually change the lives of others for the better. Matt was a soldier, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and a hero who loved his country and the world. He saw the good in humanity and what we as a human race are capable of. He cherished life! Words alone cannot describe what the nation has lost! Matt completed two previous combat tours in Iraq and was on his third combat tour in Afghanistan. He was set to retire from the United States Army in the summer of 2015. Matthew is survived by his mother Thea M. Kurz of Ruskin, FL (formerly of Port Edwards, WI), father Thomas L. Leggett of Nekoosa, WI, brothers Roderick G. Leggett and Benjamin L. Leggett, nieces Katalin Leggett and Kendra Leggett, nephew Baylee Leggett, uncles Jerome Kurz, James Kurz, Jordan Kurz and Jonathan Kurz, aunt Ann Kurz-Chambers, cousins Shari Warren, Kelly Carroll, Jerry Kurz Jr, Daniel Kurz, Kimberly Kurz, Lloyd Chambers IV, Simeon Chambers, Phoebe Chambers, Samuel Chambers, Nathan Kurz, Polly Kurz, Amanda Kurz, Sara Kurz, Robert Jeffrey and Nicholas Jeffrey. A service will be held at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, VA on September 1 at 3:00 p.m., with his internment at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., on September 3, 2014. The XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. will hold a unit memorial on September 5, 2014. The family will hold a "Celebration of Life" in Colorado at a future date. As Matthew would say "Meh¿19D Sir" "All the Way" "Scouts out!" In lieu of flowers, a contribution fund for the family will be available in 2-3 weeks. Family and friends may sign the online guest book available at

Published by Orlando Sentinel from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2014.
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Dear Leggett family,
You do not know me, nor I, you, but I had the privilege of holding the American flag yesterday with your son's/ brother's name clipped on it at The Blue Mile during the Marine Corp marathon in Washington DC. As the mom of a deployed U.S. Marine, I wanted to honor my person by learning more about them. Your tribute to Matthew leads me to believe he was an incredible man. Thank you for continuing to allow others to pay respect to your son through this special portion of the race. May God bless you all!
Renee Corker
October 23, 2017
Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. You are a true American Hero! RIP
M. Carpenter
May 28, 2017
In Remembrance of Matt from us here @ NKC.
Glenn Wilson
May 27, 2017
Miss you and thinking of you. You was hard on me when i was a pvt. But you made me a great soldier is hawaii before you went to fort bragg. You are never forgotten. Miss you.
May 26, 2017
Dear Leggett family,

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. I learned of Matthew in my 4th grade Writing class. We learned that freedom isn't free. I am blessed and thankful to be an American. I am so proud of the men and women that fought for our country.
4th Grade Godwin Student
May 26, 2017
Thank you for your sons service for our country. He sacrificed his life for our freedom.He was a very important person to our lives.
4th grader Godwin
May 26, 2017
Dear Family of Matthew Legget, Thank you for letting Matthew fight for the United States. We will never forget his bravery. I feel so terrible of your loss. He will always be in our hearts.I'm so happy that he served United States Army.He died protecting our country and securing our freedom.
4th grade Godwin student
May 26, 2017
23 May 2017 Glenn Wilson US Army Corps of Engineers. I am back once more deployed to NKC here in Kabul Afghanistan. The place where it all started. I am almost complete with the Memorial for Matt. We are honoring his memory at the reserved table for the "FALLEN" in the D-FAC. Never Forgotten. Miss you Matt...
May 23, 2017
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Leggett Family know that we recently made a small donation to Hayden's Heroes, Supporting The Star Legacy Foundation in honor of Matthew I. Leggett US Army Sergeant 1st Class. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
April 12, 2016
Glenn Wilson
December 15, 2015
To Matthew's Mom,
I was deployed to NKC in Kabul and I use to run into Matt in the smoke pit. I am with the US Army Corps of Engineers and people like your son were our first line of defense when we went outside the wire; they kept us safe. I am very sorry for your loss. The service for Matt @ NKC was very respectful and somber; he had lots of friends @ NKC. I just got transferred back to the US and I am stationed here @ Arlington National Cemetery. I stop by his grave every now and then to pay respects. I just wanted to let you know that Matthew (Mom's Dragon) has a friend here in ANC.
Glenn Wilson US Army Corps of Engineers.
Glenn Wilson
October 31, 2015
I worked with Matt here at New Kabul Compound. As we near one year since his death he is on the minds of all those who were here that terrible day. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that. He was such a great guy, always willing to lend a helping hand or a listening ear, he didn't speak a lot of his private life but when he did it was always loving words about his Mom. I know that you can always measure a man by the way he spoke of and treated his Mom. Matt was a jewel of a Man. He is much missed and his death is still a great tragedy to all of those who knew him here, including people Matt befriended from Afghanistan. We miss his beautiful smile and happy outlook on life. Our thoughts are with his family who's grief we share. We miss Matt and we are thinking of his loss and his family. God bless. Hugs from NKC.
Terri Cook
August 11, 2015
I mett Matt Leggett while deployed last year and working at New Kabul Compound. He is an unforgettable human being and truly was a light in this world. I have a memorial bracelet for him; he died the day I left Afghanistan. I'm still mad over his death because he was so looking forward to life after deployment for so many reasons. Retirement and spending time with his mother and going on great adventures. He spoke of his family ALL the time and was just a beacon of happiness who will be forever missed by those who knew him. I donated my deployment boots for a memory run here on Fort Bragg and my boots are dedicated to my brother Matt; I'm sure mine won't be the only ones representing him. Much love to his family!
Stephenie Jonas-Sullivan
April 30, 2015
I mett Matt Leggett while deployed last year and working at New Kabul Compound. He is an unforgettable human being and truly was a light in this world. I have a memorial bracelet for him; he died the day I left Afghanistan. I'm still mad over his death because he was so looking forward to life after deployment for so many reasons. Retirement and spending time with his mother and going on great adventures. He spoke of his family ALL the time and was just a beacon of happiness who will be forever missed by those who knew him. I donated my deployment boots for an upcoming memory run here on Fort Bragg and my boost are dedicated to my brother Matt; I'm sure mine won't be the only ones representing him. Much love to his family!
Stephenie Jonas-Sullivan
April 30, 2015
To the parents of Sgt. First Class Matthew Leggett, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. I had clipped the notice of his death which appeared in my local paper last August, and wanted to offer an expression of gratitude for his personal sacrifices made on behalf of our Country. I would also like to offer a word of comfort to his brothers- and sisters-in-arms who bear his loss, as well. I pray that all of you who knew and loved him will continue to be comforted with the passing of time.
January 26, 2015
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Thea Kurz
December 21, 2014
I got to know SFC leggett when he came to Bagram for a few weeks to work in the passenger terminal. He was an amazing person and I'm glad I got to know him. I'll never forget when I found out he had passed. I'm honored I was there in Bagram to send his body home and pay my final respects to him. He is in my thoughts and prayers daily.
December 19, 2014
As Matt's mom, I am glad to see and read the comments and updates posted here. I'm notified when a new post is entered. So, keep the comments and stories coming--it is very touching as well as healing to know that Matt is still being thought of, cared about, and remembered by others.
Thea Kurz
December 6, 2014
I am not sure how many other people keep returning to this site, but I know I look at it daily. The comments and especially the stories found here are priceless. For myself I will continue to remember my buddy as a humble hero and great pal that he was.
Michael Murillo
December 5, 2014
Matt, it's been a while since we seen each other, as I visit your headstone a couple times a month it's still hard copping with you not being here. I talk to you everyday, but with out the presence of you being able to respond back has had a toll on me. I'm reminded daily on our friendship as I look at pictures all the time. We had a lot of fun even being deployed together, never a dull moment. I just wanted to let you know that I miss you so much and as the holidays are approaching its even worse as we had plans. To my new extended family, thank you so much for welcoming me in, making me feel like I'm one of your own. It's been such a relief to feel that love. Bless you all for doing that. I miss and love you Matthew!!!
November 24, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and military colleagues of SFC Matthew Leggett. We will forever be grateful to this brave soldier for his dedicated service to our country.
November 23, 2014
To the family of Sgt. First Class Matthew I. Leggett
My name is Matthew gamble I am currently attending Winfield City High School in Alabama. I plan to go to college at Mississippi State University and major in AG Information Science and pursue in a job as a Soil Conservationist. As of right now i spend most of my time playing sports. I play football and baseball. Our teams excel greatly in Athletics. We have always been successful. My main reason for this message was to express my thoughts for the family. I can't thank Sgt. First Class Matthew I. Leggett enough for the sacrifices he has made. God Bless All Of You. If you would like to respond please send your response to [email protected]
November 6, 2014
Let me start by saying thank you to the Leggett family for sharing this wonderful person with the world. You all had a part in making Matt the person he was, he could not ask for better brothers.

I knew Matt from high school. He was one of the greatest friends I ever had. I read all of these entries from soldiers that knew him and said how great of an NCO he was; Matt was the same way when we were young. Such a huge heart for people.

I will forever miss you my friend. Thank you for all you have given.
Matt Ross
October 14, 2014
It is amazing how Matt influenced so many other lives (always with love it seems). It appears that he fulfilled his purpose here and is now in a better place. Thank you Matthew for your service to our country and your ultimate sacrifice for us all.
October 11, 2014
I met Matt in the fall of 1996 at a little bar outside Fort Polk called the Oasis. I remember walking up to him, looking into his blue eyes and saying "your beautiful". From that night, Matt and I were inseparable. He became the first man I fell in love with and a man who I will always love. I will never forget the long talks, long drives all over Louisiana, us getting our nose pierced together and fighting over who is batman. Matt knew how to cheer me up and he knew how to make me smile. I can still remember the day you asked me to marry you and everyone thought we were crazy. And a short 10 mos later we were married in Leesville Louisiana. Although our marriage didn't last long (over 2 yrs), I was blessed to rekindle our friendship and our love for each other in Fort Knox. The kindness and love Matt showed my son and I will never be forgotten. Even after we parted ways at fort Knox with me getting out and Matt staying in, we never lost touch. He was always a phone call away, as I was for him. I love the fact that Matt had a big heart and we always ended every conversation with I love you. To this day, I still love this man with a big heart, he will always be my first love, a great friend and my beautiful man. My heart is still heavy with the thought of you being gone, but my memories are still strong with your laughter that filled a room and your great sense of humor. I love you Matthew Ivan Leggett and always will-ollie
October 9, 2014
For those of you patiently waiting on information concerning Matt Leggett's celebration of life / Birthday party. It will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1pm at:

Spirit Keeper Tavern
11627 Black Forest Rd
Black Forest, CO 80908
(719) 495-3189

(across from Subway on the NE corner of Burgess & Black Forest Rd).
Rod Leggett
October 2, 2014
To the Leggett Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one and Hero Matthew, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God bless you Sgt. First Class Matthew I. will not be forgotten.
S. Kronenwetter
October 2, 2014
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family for your loss. I walked in the" Run for the Fallen this past weekend and was not able to find his cross there. That lead me to look for him on Google. I live in Riverview so I felt he was a neighbor of mine. I am honored to have walked for him and all the other soldiers who protect us every day.
Coleen Jackson
September 22, 2014
Matt its been a month since I had you in my arms, and I can't believe its already been that long. I surround myself with pictures and videos and music that we loved to listen too on the road, I just wanted to let you know that I miss you and I think about you more than you will ever know. I love you Matthew!!!!!
Krystle McGrath
September 20, 2014
Matt was my best friend. Matt and I spent every day for the last 8-9 months together on the road in Afghanistan. He was a warming to a cold room, a light to a dark area. He watched over me on over 600 missions. A true and loyal man. I miss you so much. Words can not explain the loss from me to the family, nor to myself. Our long talks, walks and nights are still replaying in my mind. I love you GG7, just always remember Kilo Juliet will always love you.
Krystle McGrath
September 11, 2014
toni gross
September 8, 2014
Dear Leggett family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Matthew will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say. Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part. I salute you.
For those missing in action;for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor to salute you with permission let me say even though I hold no rank know that from my heart my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel,A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M.Fisher KIA 12/1/04 Iraq - -
Suzanne MacDaniel
September 8, 2014
Matt was my first section leader when I got to Ft Knox. He was a great leader and a great friend. He will be missed greatly. See you in Fiddlers Green
Mike Tillack
September 7, 2014
I am here @ the New Kabul Compound NKC here in Kabul. I had the pleasure of Knowing Matt on a social level. He was always in the smoke pit next to our office. I am with US Army Corps of Engineers. Matthew was well known and well liked here @ NKC. We will all miss him dearly; and the world was a better place because of him. Glenn Wilson USACE.
September 6, 2014
Here's to a hero and a great life lived in the service of others. Thank you, God bless and rest in peace.
Angila Waldman
September 5, 2014
It was an HONOR to have served with you by brother!

September 5, 2014
You will be forever missed. And loved. We all honor your courage and heart. You was my first love. I loved you for my whole life. Even though we went our separate ways. I let you go to follow your dreams of being in the army. It was the hardest thing I had to do. But it was the right thing. I will love you always and miss you now even more. I have been trying to find you for a long time. Love you always. I would like to be part of the services in Colorado that is where I am. Would love to be notified. My number is 720 907 5832 my name is Christina (Christie) Johnson. Email [email protected]
christie Johnson
September 5, 2014
RIP, Matthew, one of our country hero's Thank you for protecting our country. My prayers go out to you and your family.
September 4, 2014
Thank you, Sgt. Leggitt. My deepest thanks.
Gregg McKee
September 4, 2014
Thank you Matt for your service. God bless you and prayers for you and your family. I have known you since elementary all the way to high school you were a kind person. You will always be in my prayers. :(
Eloisa Gutierrez
September 3, 2014
Thank you so much, for your service to this country...I will be praying for your family. Again you are a hero in my book
Colleen. Ft. Wayne, IN
September 3, 2014
Matt always made me laugh. Even when he was deployed, we'd find some time to chat on yahoo, still making me laugh. He had a huge heart and always offered a shoulder if I needed it. He will truly be missed! He was such a good friend. Thanks for the continued friendship! Love you!
Angelica Ross
September 3, 2014
I too never had the honor of meeting Sgt. Leggett but after the announcement was made that the flags in our building would be flown at half-staff today in his honor, I had to find out who this great American was. And I am sure glad I did.
God Bless you Sgt. Leggett and thank for your service.
Mike R
Mike R.
September 3, 2014
What a marvelous human being. While I didn't know Matt, I honor him, his commitment to this country, his courage and his willingness to step up to defend the freedom that people in this world deserve as part of life on this earth. In his 40 years he made a difference in the lives of many people and my heartfelt thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time. I will keep Matt in my prayers and know that he will be remembered by those who love him for the rest of their lifetimes. God bless you Matt!
joe costello
September 3, 2014
Dear Matthew, we have never met, but I want to thank you for your service. Fly with the Angels dear Matthew. Much Aloha.
September 3, 2014
What a beautiful tribute to Matt!
Thank you for your service. I was a teacher at Westminster Elementary when the Leggett boys were there.
Sharon (Formerly Basiliere) Burke
September 3, 2014
Thank You
September 2, 2014
I knew Matt, or Sargent Leggett as I called him, in the Army at Ft Carson. When Matt arrived, he was assigned to Bandit Troop 1/3ACR as my gunner. We spent a good deal of time together on Blue 5, through a Pinion Canyon deployment and Table 8 Gunnery where he shot 9/10, well enough to win an award for the entire crew. After our qualifying run, all Matt could do was sit around and stew about the one he missed. Next time out I had been reassigned a different crew, but I remember he shot 10/10.

When we deployed to NTC at Ft Irwin, California - not far from Death Valley - from mid-July to mid-August I still remember his wry jokes about all the hardships we thought we were going through. He just had a way of minimizing "the suck" and giving his soldiers a new, positive outlook - without ever once sounding phony about it.

More than anything I'll remember about Matt, more than how driven he was to meet and exceed the Army standards for himself, his soldiers, and the country counting on him back home; more than his dry wit; was his sense of fairness. Matt Leggett was a fair man and a fair leader. I can't say that about too many people I've ever met, uniformed or not. Even the great leaders play favorites, but Matt never would - for better or worse. I remember him sticking up for guys who had fallen out of favor when no one else would - and not making too many friends among his superiors while he was at it - but he always, always, always did what he thought was right. No matter what you had done, you could expect what you really had coming from Matt, no more, no less. If you screwed up, worse yet, if you screwed up being lazy, he'd give it to you with both barrels, like any other NCO. But if you were right, he'd go to the mat for you no matter who he had to tangle with.

It might not impress many folks who haven't served, but this last story summed up Matt the best in my memory:
I got in trouble one day, I forget why. I thought I was right, and of course I wasn't, but Matt listened to my side with an open mind. He went to higher and explained my side to whomever was in charge yet failed to sway his mind. The next day when I came in to work, Matt had orders to "smoke" me - to make me do push ups and other calisthenics in order to bestow a lesson upon me. This was nothing new, I'd been smoked a million times and I thought I knew what I had coming. Matt pulled me aside out back of the office and told me he thought I hadn't done anything wrong but informed me that his superior didn't and ordered him to smoke me. I thought it was so cool that he even bothered to tell me that, I wasn't even mad about getting smoked anymore, well, at least not at Matt. But then Matt did something remarkable. He told me since he didn't think it was right for him to have to punish me when he thought I was right, so he'd do the push ups with me. He wasn't choosing sides, he was showing loyalty to me as a leader and loyalty to our chain of command as an NCO at the same time. I'll never forget that lesson in leadership, empathy, and loyalty as long as I live. Thank you, Sergeant Leggett.
Ben Cheslak
September 2, 2014
I never had the honor of meeting SFC Leggett but I wanted to express my sincere condolences to the Leggett family. I was there today with the Patriot Guard and I couldn't help but overhear stories of Matthew. My heart breaks for the entire family and his close friends. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kerryellen Kelly
September 1, 2014
While I did not know Matthew, he seemed like a wonderful person, enjoying life to the fullest. I hope you are able to hold your memories of him dear to your hearts. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. May God bless your family.
Amy Smith
September 1, 2014
My heart broke when I heard of the loss of SFC Leggett, and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Leggett family. I served with him on his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. We always knew we were in good hands when he was leading a convoy. He was a great man as well as a great soldier and NCO. He will be missed, and may he rest in peace.
-Captain Patrick Tierney, USMC
Patrick Tierney
September 1, 2014
I read each and every DOD casualty entry with a heavy heart. Every casualty is personal; every loss is as if it were my own child.

Stand down, soldier. Your tour is complete, and a grateful nation honors your sacrifice on bended knee. Lay ye down in peace, honored one, and enjoy the splendors of paradise which you have so richly earned, until we meet again.
Karen Margrave
September 1, 2014
Sincere condolences to Matthew's family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
G Jenkins
August 31, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and light to the family.
Jen DeArment (McCartney)
August 31, 2014
I did not know Matthew but I "THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE" to keep our freedom. Prayers for his family.
Kathy Voight
August 31, 2014
To the family, friends, and military unit of Sgt. 1st Class Leggett, Please, accept my deepest condolences for your loss of Matthew. We will not forget his brave service or ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom and protect our way of life. He is a true American Hero! May he rest in Peace. May you find comfort and healing for your loss. With deep gratitude.
M. Carpenter
August 31, 2014
The family of Alfred Leggitt Jr. sends our sympathies and prayers. Thank you for your service and sacrifice from Afred, Jo Marie, Ketura, Dorothy and Angela.
Angela Deitcher
August 31, 2014
I've never had the pleasure of meeting you Matt however, I thank you so much for the sacrifice that you have made for my children. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Legget for raising and teaching such a selfless and honorable man. Thank you for sharing him with us. God Bless you.
Richelle Turner
August 30, 2014
It was an Honor to have served with SFC Leggett in the Corps G5 team. He took great care of all of us - and no question a professional through and through. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family.
COL Peter Im
August 30, 2014
Matt you are a hero. Prayers for you and your family. Love the Olguin family.
Melissa Olguin
August 30, 2014
I never had the privilege of meeting this fine soldier but his sacrifice for his country will not be forgotten by me. Rest in peace soldier, your journey here on earth is done, may you be the guiding light for the rest of the brave who serve this great country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this hard and devastating time.
Julie Engel
August 30, 2014
I am sorry for your loss.I will keep you in My thoughts and prayers. ?
Susan DeWitt
August 30, 2014
I did not know you Matthew, but I thank you for laying your life down for a fighting for our have walked in the footsteps of The LORD.
Jodi Graham
August 29, 2014
My heart goes out to all the family. A true hero he will be terribly missed. From the Fitzpatrick family in Westminster, CO.
Erin Jones
August 29, 2014
Ben, Jackie, Baylee and Kendra - I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers. He will always be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice. Sending hugs to you all.
Kristie (Tuel) Wintz
August 29, 2014
As the mother of a soldier, my heart aches with your loss. Please know that I am lifting all of you in prayer. of the free because of the brave. Thank you, Matt, for your bravery and for keeping us free. Rest in peace.
Deborah Porter
August 29, 2014
I only spent a short time with you. But you made me feel like we knew each other as friends. It was a honor to have met you. We had fun at the restaurant your brother and I go to.RIP
Tom Martinez
August 29, 2014
Matt, was one of kindest person in my life. We loved young and we care for each although our marriage did last long. I will never forget matt show me when i had no family around. He will alwas be "my beautiful man". I will always love u and i will hold ur memories close.. love ollie
ollie weaver
August 29, 2014
Matthew had a smile that could light up the darkest night sky. With his head cocked to the right and that infectious smile could melt anyone's heart. You could always tell when he was about to pull a prank on you because the smile was there and that look in his eyes gave him away. Those eyes...he would just get this look on his face, cock his head and smile and I would be like "Matthew, what are you up to! He would laugh and say ....WHAT???" and laugh again. You knew Matt loved you because he had such a great way to just let you know, no words ever needed to be spoken. His family was very dear to his heart. He was very loyal to them no matter where he was, or how far away he was. I was very deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We had a very unique friendship that can not be explained with words. Matthew, I will love you forever, no matter where you are. Rest in peace my friend.
Love, Dee Dee

Together forever, never apart
only in distance, never in heart
Dee Dee Moreno
August 29, 2014
We did not know Sgt. Leggett but want his family to know our heart goes out to you and those he left behind. We cannot express enough our deep gratitude for his brave service and ultimate sacrifice for this country and the world. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die...."
Stuart & Marcia Gerber
August 29, 2014
I met Matthew during my deployment In Afghanistan. As a master driver at the time he really helped us get back on the road when we had troubles or issues. He was a great NCO straight to the point and really easy to talk to. You could always tell he would put others before himself, always lending a helping hand or give guidance when needed. May you rest in peace brother.
Billy Tena
August 28, 2014
Matt, I still remember those crazy days at Fort Carson.. You always took care of your Soldiers and Friends.. You will never be forgotten.. Rest in Preace Brother.. God Speed.. Brave Rifles!!
Nasario & Carrie Martinez
August 28, 2014
I only served with Matt for a short time but I am a better man for knowing him. He will be missed.
Alex Lees
August 28, 2014
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