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SFC Matthew Bradford Thomas
133rd MP Company, (South Carolina National Guard)
HQ & HQ Detachment, 720th MP Battalion

Killed In Action ~ 20 June 2012 ~ Afghanistan


They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI veteran.

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     SFC Matthew B. Thomas age 30, was a member of the 133rd MP Company "Palmetto Regulators", South Carolina National Guard (Timmonsville), attached subordinate to the HQ Detachment 720th MP Battalion, Afghanistan during 20011-2012. SFC Thomas was killed in action on 20 June 2012 when a suicide bomber detonated himself at their checkpoint in a market place in the city of Khost near the Pakistani border, and about 90 miles southeast of Kabul, the Afghan capital. Also killed in the attack were, SGT John David Meador, II and 1LT Ryan D. Rawl. Five other members of the MP Company and their Afghan interpreter were wounded .


     Born in Asheville, NC, a son of Charles "Bud" and Marsha Sarfine Thomas of Easley, Brad was a graduate of Travelers Rest High School and attended Greenville Technical College.

     Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Jana Hickey Thomas; a son, Cayden Thomas; brother, Scott Thomas of Simpsonville; two sisters, Kelli Townsley of Knoxville, TN, and Tia Thomas of Easley; and his parents-in-law, Wayne Hickey and Tami Howell, both of Easley, SC.

     Funeral services were held at Rock Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Andy Childs and Rev. Dr. David Gallamore officiating. SFC Thomas was interned with full military honors at Nine Forks Baptist Church Cemetery.

Photographs courtesy of Ken Ruinard, Anderson Independent Mail
   S.C. National Guardsmen salute as the casket with SFC Thomas arrives at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.
   South Carolina Honor Guardsmen carry the coffin of SFC Thomas from the plane.
   The pilot of the plane stops to salute as the coffin bearing SFC Thomas is transferred from the transport plane to a hearse.
3 March 2013   SFC Thomas was inducted to the South Carolina National Guard Enlisted Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the National Guard McCrady Training Center in Eastover, SC.
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