2nd Cav honors soldier who died during PT
Stars and Stripes August 29, 2006
VILSECK, Germany — Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment said goodbye Monday to a comrade who died during physical training last week.
Pfc. Matthew C. Dehle, a Stryker armored personnel carrier driver with Company E, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, died Wednesday during a hill run, according to soldiers from his unit.
Army public affairs officials have yet to release his age or any information about the death.
Unit soldiers packed the Vilseck movie theater Monday for a memorial service attended by Dehle’s family, including his wife, Holly Anne, who was in Vilseck with her husband when he died.
One of the Company E soldiers at the ceremony, Pfc. Thomas Morris, 19, of Prospect Park, Pa., said he would miss listening to rock music and sharing jokes with Dehle.
“He had rosy red cheeks and a smile you couldn’t slap off his face,” he said.
The pair arrived in Germany together a month ago and had yet to see any sights off post, Morris said. Dehle died after falling over while running up a hill on post at Vilseck, Morris said.
“Every time I see that hill, I sprint up it. They say he fell and got back up and claimed he was fine and went back down again,” he said.
Company A commander Capt. Jason Gentile, 30, of Rochester, N.Y., said Dehle joined the unit in November and was one of the senior privates working with the company in Germany.
“He had a positive attitude, always gave 100 percent and never got in trouble,” he said, adding that Dehle was a particularly safe driver when he got behind the controls of a Stryker.
Biographical information handed out at the memorial service indicated that Dehle was born in Colville, Wash., and enlisted in July last year, training at Fort Benning, Ga., before joining the 2nd Cavalry.