Died January 24, 2005 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
21, of Northumberland, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.; killed Jan. 24 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position in Baghdad.
Died May 30, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
31, of Dothan, Ala.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Baumholder, Germany; killed May 30 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Musayyib, Iraq. He was a Shamokin HS Grad. His parents Bob and Joyce live in Shamokin.
Died March 20, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
24, of Shamokin, Pa.; assigned to the 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed March 20 when his living area came under a rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq.
rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq.
Kareen Murray calls Matthew J. Sandri the strongest of her friends, a sincere, honest and genuine person willing to go out of his way to help a friend in need. "There&apos;s just something special about Matt. When you look into his eyes for the first time, he just has a way with people," Murray said. "It&apos;s like he&apos;s so inviting. He had a love for people, he loved life. I could just look at him and start laughing because I knew he was thinking of something funny." Spc. Sandri, 24, of Shamokin, Pa., died March 20 in a rocket attack outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and had completed three years of study at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University with a concentration in biology. Murray recalled the time she met him: "He just started talking to me as if he already knew me," she said. "From then on, we were like best friends. I had so many years of fun with him; there&apos;s nothing but good memories of Matt." Survivors include his parents.
— Associated Press
Died September 02, 2006 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
21, of Northumberland, Pa.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Sept. 2 of injuries sustained from mortar fire during dismounted combat operations in Yusifiyah, Iraq. Also killed was Sgt. Ralph N. Porras.