Cpl. Mathew P. LaForest

United States Army
KIA 25 May 2007, Iraq
CPL Mathew LaForest CPL Mathew LaForest, 21, of Austin was killed on May 25, 2007 while serving his
country in Taji, Iraq. Mathew was born on February 7, 1986 at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to
parents Mark LaForest and Deborah Turner. Mathew graduated from Bowie High School in Austin in 2004. He
was involved in the Bowie Band, JROTC, and played soccer with the Austin United Soccer Club. After
graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was serving in Iraq with the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 4th Stryker
BCT, 2nd ID. Mathew was a quiet natured easygoing person, who was loved by many. He was quick to give
you a smile and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He loved to race his car and hang out with
his friends. He was a wonderful son, brother, and friend and will be dearly missed by everyone who knows him.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Melvin and Jacqueline LaForest. He is survived by his father Mark
LaForest and wife Suzette of Austin, TX; mother Deborah Baughn and husband Dana of West Chazy, NY;
sister Jessica LaForest of West Chazy, NY; brothers Devon Mitchell of Austin, TX, Brandon Baughn of West
Chazy, NY; grandparent Judy LaForest of Plattsburgh, NY, Donald and Sandra Turner of Moorse Forks, NY;
uncles, Bill LaForest of Plattsburgh, NY, Mike Laforest of Plattsburgh, NY and aunts, Lonnee Rorison and
husband Steve of Pittsfield, VT, Tammy Lacy and husband Mike of Plattsburgh, NY. He is also survived by
many cousins, other relatives and friends.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 6/3/2007.

Nov 21, 2007
MemorialPage Established by- Bill LaForest

I lost my nephew,(Mathew LaForest), who I found on your site,
last May. Thank you for posting his picture and memorializing him.  I have
added your link to my site about our veteran wall here at the former
Plattsburgh AFB in NY.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
See you on the Road!
Bill LaForest
PGR Region 4 NY State
USN 1983-87

August 27, 2008
Megan M. Turvold
ALL of MY HEART and prayers go out to all who have lost
Mathew. He was dear to us all and loved by many, especially myself.
His smile could push away the clouds, God Bless You. He Will Never Be

March 18, 2008
Megan LaFleur
In Honor Of CPL Mathew LaForest
My heart breaks for the family of anyone that has lost
a soldier, but you especially because you are so close to home.  I, too
live in Austin, and I, too have lost a soldier.  My brother Cpl Jason
K LaFleur was killed August 4, 2007.  That isn't all our boys had in
common.  They both lived as heros and died as heros.  

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