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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

R.I.P. Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham

Marine Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham

25, of Altoona, Pa.; assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Jan. 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe and Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski.

(Taken from of Jan. 15, 2010)
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, touched Matt Ingham and his future wife, Yasmin, in different ways.

Yasmin was inspired to become a social studies teacher "so she could work to build bridges of understanding," said her mother, Shamim Rajpar.

Matt enlisted in the Marines and was among the first sent into Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003. He served two tours there, and later was deployed with an antiterrorism task force in the African nation of Djibouti, his mother-in-law said.

His most recent deployment to Afghanistan ended Monday in tragedy and heroism.

According to accounts from Helmand province, Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham, 25, weathered gunfire to radio for air support for his comrades, who were under attack. Sgt. Ingham and two others died. His bravery saved 12 others.

Sgt. Ingham, a 2002 graduate of Altoona High School, was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan, according to the Defense Department.

He was sent to Afghanistan in the fall, his mother-in-law said.

"Loyal beyond belief. Disciplined. Hardworking. Goal-oriented," she described him. "But fun-loving."

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, kayaking and camping, and romping with the couple's two chocolate Labs, said Ms. Rajpar, a librarian at Mount Aloysius College in Cambria County.

He loved to ride his dirt bike, and was spotted in Japan by members of a professional racing team who recruited him to take part in a motocross event, she said. He finished second.

Matt met Yasmin while the two were eighth-graders at Keith Junior High School in Altoona. Yasmin earned a degree at Duquesne University in 2006 and the couple lived for a time in Virginia before leaving for Okinawa in 2008.

The sergeant's parents, Gary and Tammi Ingham, who operate a trophy and awards business in Altoona, were with Yasmin at Dover Air Force Base, Del., yesterday for the arrival of the fallen Marine's flag-draped casket.

"I was very, very proud of Matthew, proud to be his mother-in-law, and loved him very deeply," Ms. Rajpar said. "My daughter has lost her best friend in the world."

Also killed in the attack were Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe, 21, of Johnsonville, Ill., and Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski, 21, of Tomball, Texas.

Santella Funeral Home in Altoona was handling arrangements for Sgt. Ingham


Times of my Life said...

Thank you to those three young men and all the men and women serving our country. Thank you to the families and may God be with you all.

Anonymous said...

I love you Matthew. I miss you dearly.

Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful

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