Northwest Florida Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A 22-year-old soldier from Navarre in Santa Rosa County has died in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense reported Thursday that Pfc. Matthew C. Colin was killed Nov. 16 when his unit was hit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar.
Colin's parents were at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when their son's body arrived Thursday.
Colin was scheduled to come home for a two-week leave in January. He was on a year-long deployment.
He graduated from Navarre High School in 2007. He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Kathy Colin and a brother, Michael.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Knowing Matt, as we did, what pride you must feel for the wonderful young man you raised and who gave his life for his country. Matt will forever be in our hearts. I will always remember his wide open eyes and his wonderful smile - almost like he was doing everything he could not to laugh at me because I did something only a grandmother "age" can get away with. Our sympathy and love are with you at this time. When Weston was in Afghanistan is was so hard. He is really having a hard time missing Matt and possibly feeling guilt that he came back. I feel such pride in both boys and feel God must have a special place or need for Matt in the heavens above. God Bless you and your entire family for raising a fine young man, for the ultimate sacrifice you have given, and for the love you have shown these past few days.
  • by Family in Panama City Location: Panama City, FL on Nov 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    Sincere sympathy from our family to yours. My son just returned from Afghanistan. I held my breath the whole time he was deployed. It is so extremely dangerous there. Your son was courageous and brave to fight and serve his country. I really feel sad for you, but know that we are all praying for you and feel so much gratitude for your sons service. God Bless You.
  • by Bec Location: PC on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    My sympathies for the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though not knowing your son, he was a Hero and he died honorably for his country. Thank You for your service too as family members of a soldier, you also gave sacrifice. God Bless you All.
  • by Karen Downing on Nov 18, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    So Sorry he is a hero and I feel some of the pain his family must feel I can only think to say I am so sorry. Everyone out there keep all our troops and there family's in our prayers.
  • by Steve Location: Panama City on Nov 18, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    I did not know this young man or his family but I want to say thank you for his service to his country. He is a hero. I also want to say thank you to his family for sharing him with us. Please know our heart goes out to you in this time of loss.
  • by Linda Location: Southport on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    To the family of one of our local heros, please know that we pray that GOD brings you comfort during this most difficult time in your lives. There are no words or actions to heal your pain but your son is our hero ... yesterday, today,tomorrow ... ALWAYS!
  • by NightStalker Location: PC on Nov 18, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Hero is right. God Bless everyone soldier and thank you!
  • by Cory Location: Panama City on Nov 18, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the fallen hero... God Bless you and may he keep you strong..
  • by Ken on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    This young man is a hero...period..God bless the family and may He bring comfort.
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