Abbate, Matthew Thomas, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
2010-2010, 0317, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
Service Years
2006 - 2010

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1984
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fresno, CA
Last Address
Fresno, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 2010
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Snelling Cemetery - Snelling, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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French Fourragere


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 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2010, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2006, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5), 5th Marine Regiment31st MEU
  2008-2009, 0317, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  2008-2009, 0317, 31st MEU
  2010-2010, 0317, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2010-2010 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009 - 2011)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 02, 2014, General Photos12
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Abbate was killed in combat Dec. 2. 2010 while fighting in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province, according to military officials. Although his hometown was listed by the military as Honolulu, Abbate grew up in the Fresno area, where many members of his family still live. 
Action: Exposed and personally suppressing the enemy, he directed the remaining squad members' fires until they effectively suppressed the enemy and could render life-saving aid to the urgent casualties.

"After coordinating the medical evacuation, he then swept the landing zone for additional explosives before the patrol was again forced to take cover from enemy fire. Sgt. Abbate, knowing the casualties’ survival depended upon their rapid evacuation by helicopter, again rallied the patrol’s able men and led a counter attack to clear enemy fighters from the landing zone and allow for the critically wounded men to be evacuated.
   
Comments/Citation
 

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
2012

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Matthew T. Abbate, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Scout Sniper Section Leader, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 14 October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting a dismounted patrol through Sangin's northern green zone and supporting the patrol as part of a Quick Reaction Force team, the insurgents opened fire from several well-prepared positions. Unknowingly ambushed in a minefield, the patrol members were moving into cover when two Marines and the Corpsman struck explosives in rapid succession. With the patrol leader incapacitated and three severe casualties, Sergeant Abbate took charge of the situation and, with total disregard for his own life, sprinted forward through the unswept minefield to draw fire and rally the dazed survivors. Exposed and personally suppressing the enemy, he directed the remaining squad member's fires until they effectively suppressed the enemy and could render life-saving aid to the urgent casualties. After coordinating the medical evacuation, he then swept the landing zone for additional explosives before the patrol was again forced to take cover from enemy fire. Sergeant Abbate, knowing the casualties' survival depended upon their rapid evacuation by helicopter, again rallied the patrol's able men, and led a counter attack to clear enemy fighters from the landing zone and allow for the critically wounded men to be evacuated. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Abbate reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 14, 2010
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2
Division: 2d Marine Division (Forward)
   
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