Sergeant Randy Matheny was born on June 9, 1986 in Oberlin, Kansas and lived in McCook, Nebraska his entire life. He graduated from McCook High School in 2004. He decided to join the Nebraska National Guard to be like his sister, Karen who was already a member of the Guard.
He went to basic training in October 2005 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon his return home, he was assigned to the 1074th Transportation Company, of Sidney, Nebraska and in October 2006 his unit was called to serve at Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq.
SGT Matheny, 20, was killed on Sunday February 4th, 2007 of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad while in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Randy loved all types of music, riding his motorcycle, and driving his Cadillac. His greatest joy was spending time with his friends and being with his family. He has been greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The medals he received are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Iraq Campaign Global War on Terror Service Medal, Nebraska National Guard Homeland Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon