Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8
I didn't know Sergeant DeYoung, but I wish I did. He is the picture of what I would think a United States Marine would be.
During his more than five years in the Corps, the sergeant earned more than a dozen military honors: Purple Heart with a gold star, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with a bronze star, National Defense Ribbon, Afghan Campaign with a bronze star, Iraq Campaign with two bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, NATO ISAF-Afghanistan award, Navy/Marine Corps Parachute Insignia, Rifle Expert 4th Award and Pistol Expert Award.
His Mother, Teddi, evidently knew the deal when he was born.
"I used to tell my son that he was issued in a Navy sea bag," said Teddi DeYoung. "He was born a Marine."
DeYoung said she had served in the U.S. Navy and her husband, Bruce, had served in the Marines. The couple met, she said, when they were both at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast.
I want his family and the world to know that having served with young men like Matthew, that they are so much further along and worldly than many of the young men walking around today. I count myself lucky to have known danger, deprivation and hardship with men of this caliber in my life. He is the embodiment of the Recon Marine Creed. It is an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life and it will be a feeling and a time I know that I will never forget.
Sergeant DeYoung is survived by his 3 year old daughter McKenzy and his wife Aisha and by his mother, Teddi DeYoung, of Phoenix; father, Bruce DeYoung, of Ivyland, Pa.; brother, Bryce DeYoung, 19, of Klamath Falls; sister, Mandi DeYoung, 24, of White City; sister, Taylor DeYoung, 17, of Phoenix; 5-week-old niece, Adelyn Wilkins, of White City and extended step families.
If we ever run out of men in this country like Sergeant DeYoung, the light of freedom will certainly be extinguished. God Bless his family and God Bless him