Friday, May 27, 2005

Army CW4 Matthew Scott Lourey

Remember Our Heroes

Army CW4 Matthew Scott Lourey, 40, of East Bethel, Minnesota.

CW4 Lourey died from injuries sustained on May 26, 2005 in Buhriz, Iraq, when his OH-58 (Kiowa Warrior) came under small arms attack and crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

As a child, Matt Lourey played with toy helicopters and dressed up as the Red Baron for Halloween. His dream of flying was so strong that he left the Marines when he didn't get to fly with them and trained as a private pilot.

"For Matt, it was all or nothing, whether running a marathon, learning to fly, collecting military artifacts or simply loving life," said Maj. Randy Wendt, a National Guard chaplain.

Lourey, 41, of Washington, D.C., died when his helicopter came under attack and crashed in Buhriz. He was based at Fort Bragg.

Lourey was the homecoming king of his 1982 high school class. He served with the Marines before going to Vermilion Community College, earning his pilot's license and joining the Army.

His mother, Minnesota state Sen. Becky Lourey, and other family members opposed the Iraq war, but Lourey volunteered for a second tour of duty.

Lourey's wife, Army Capt. Lisa Lourey, said her husband loved British military tradition and read Rudyard Kipling because of Kipling's respect for the predicament of the junior soldier. "Matt was a cavalryman in the war as well as a loving husband," she said.

Army CW4 Matthew Scott Lourey was killed in action on 05/27/05.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a Royal Australian Air Force serving in the Middle East in 2003. I know that serviceman/women fear more for those they leave behind. You can be proud for Mr Lourey as a man who preformed his duty and draw strength from the fact he preformed the duty for love of family and country.