Matthew R. Megenhardt
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Megenhardt is a member of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit beginning a deployment of the Pacific region that will include a major exercise in Australia. The exercise, called Talisman Sabre 2011, will allow Marines and sailors to work with partner military units from Australia to sharpen combat skills and exchange ideas and tactics. The Okinawa, Japan-based Marine expeditionary unit is made up of more than 2,000.
Marines and sailors conduct amphibious operations, as well as crisis response and contingency operations throughout the Pacific region. Their most recent efforts were in support of Operation Tomodachi, where they provided humanitarian aid and disaster relief following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northeastern Japan.
Megenhardt is a rifleman assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The lance corporal has served in the military for three years.
He is the son of Debi and Randy Megenhardt of Bak Acres Drive, Brazil, Ind.
In 2008, Megenhardt graduated from Northview High School, Brazil.