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On This Day, 31-JAN 2008 We Honor a Fallen Hero

Specialist Matthew Francis Straughter was born 2-1-1980.  He enlisted while living in St. Charles MO.  He later moved to  Belleville, Illinois.  Matthew Strauthter died of his wounds on January 31, 2008 in Baghdad after his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. He enlisted while living in St. Charles, Missouri. 

Matt joined the National Guard as a combat engineer in December 2005 and mobilized in July 2007 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was assigned to the 1138th Engineer Company, 107th Engineer Battalion, 35th Engineer Brigade

His unit located improvised explosive devices and maintained traffic flow along military supply routes. Matt also served on Operation Jump Start, the border security mission in Arizona from November 2006 to June 2007. During that assignment, he assisted in patrols and basic border protection.

He was killed the day before his 28th birthday.  Matthew is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Renee, and five children. 

Matthew Strauthter is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on the Wall of Honor.  


Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.


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