29, of Noblesville, passed away on December 3, 2014 while conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Matthew was born at Riverview Hospital on June 17, 1985 in Noblesville. Matthew was raised in Noblesville area. As a teen he enjoyed many hobbies and excelled at playing the violin.
Matthew joined the United States Army in July of 2004. He attended basic training, advanced individual training, and the United States Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA.
In 2006, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He served in two deployments; in 2006, to Iraq and in 2009, to Afghanistan. While assigned to the 3rd 509th he served as a fire team leader, a squad leader, and an assistant gunner.
Matthew was then stationed at Fort Stewart, GA in 2011. He was assigned to the 3rdBattalion, 69th Armor Regiment; where he served as a senior sniper and squad leader.
In 2013, Matthew graduated as Special Forces Communication Sergeant and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group which he deployed with to Afghanistan in 2014 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Matthew was a decorated soldier, and was awarded multiple medals throughout his military career.