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Specialist Matthew Murchison was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on 11 October 1985.
He graduated from Olathe East High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in October 2005 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Upon completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, SPC Murchison was assigned as a driver to 1st platoon, "Ruff Ryders," 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, Hanau,Germany in February 2006.
He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 on 4 November 2006, where he served as a gunner and driver in Kalsu, Iraq. Specialist Matthew Murchison's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal(posthumously awarded), Purple Heart (posthumously awarded), Combat Action Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal (posthumously awarded), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Specialist Murchison was an outgoing and devoted son. He was an extraordinarily brave man who loved being a Soldier. His determination to complete the mission to the fullest was contagious throughout the "Speed and Power" family. Moreover, he was the epitome of a Soldier, and he will be missed and forever live in the memories and hearts of his family, friends and the 127th Military Police Company.
He is survived by his mother, Deborah Murchison-Perri and father, Michael Murchison and sister Melissa Murchison.
To my son...my HERO, I love you more then you will have ever known. The last 3 years have been the worst years of my life but I have also grown as a person, with your death. Life has a purpose now. To live the best I can until we finally see each other again. I know you are looking down on Dad, Melissa and I and guiding us to a way only you and God know. Please know how much we all miss you. Truly, you are my HERO. Love you so much, baby, Mom
Fifteen years… you'd be 36 years old right now. Not a day of the past decade and half has gone by without all of us thinking of you. You'd probably have a big dog, a loud car and you'd still have your huge heart. We miss you, Matthew.