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Matthew T Abbate

Honolulu, Hawaii

December 2, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Marine Sgt

3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Pendleton, California

 Killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

From Fallbrook Bonsall Village News thevillagenews.com 12/04/10:

26-year-old Marine. Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate killed in combat in Afghanistan

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Issue 48, Volume 14.

SAN DIEGO - A rifleman from Hawaii with Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment was killed Dec. 2 in combat in Afghanistan, it was reported today.

Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu, who was killed in Helmand province, became the 17th member of the 3/5 battalion to die since Oct. 8, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Abbate, who also served in Iraq, enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 1, 2006. 
The 3/5 batallion is fighting for control of the Sangin area, a strategic crossroads for insurgents and drug smugglers in the Advertisement

Abbate, who had attended Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., was the eighth former student of the school killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Fresno Bee reported. He is survived by a wife and 2-year-old son.

Abbate's service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 

From abclocal.go.com

The transfer case containing the remains of Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate of Fresno, Calif., is lowered upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The Department of Defense announced the death of Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. (AP Photo, Jose Luis Magana) 

From Hawaii Star Advertiser staradvertiser.com 12/04/10:

Marine from Hawaii dies in Afghanistan

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:52 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2010 
A Marine from Hawaii has died in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today

Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died Dec. 2 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

While his hometown is listed as Honolulu, a family spokeswoman told the Fresno Bee that Abbate attended high school in Clovis, Calif.

Lisa Maria Boyles said Abbate, a married father of a 2-year-old boy, was on his third deployment.

His mother and stepfather, Karen and James Binion of Fresno, were notified of his death Thursday night, she said.

His father, Sal Abbate, and stepmother live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

From CBS 47 TV cbs47.tv 12/04/10:

Sister of Clovis Marine Shares His Life's Stories
Reported by: Tony Botti
The sister of a Valley Marine killed in combat shares stories about her brother. Twenty six year old Sergeant Matthew Abbate died Thursday from a wound while serving a tour in Afghanistan.

Abbate spent a few years of his high school life at Buchanan High School. For this campus the tragic legacy continues.He is the eighth former Buchanan student to die in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the last six years. 17 year old Valerie Binion allowed us to get to know her older brother Sergeant Matthew Abbate a little better.
Binon says, “He was the kind of guy who would do something terrible, so you wouldn't have to do it.” The 26-year old was in his fourth year as a marine and it was his third tour of duty in the Middle East. A few weeks ago he had a brush with death when he stumbled upon a roadside bomb. Binion says, “It didn't explode all the way. He got a leg slice. It wasn't too serious. He got fixed him up and was back on the field the next day.”

Family friend Lisa Boyles says it was just like Matthew not to take a break. “He loved being a soldier. He was good at it. Confident about it.”

Matthew's death was fresh in the minds of some fans at Friday night’s Clovis and Clovis West football game was played at Veteran's Memorial Stadium. Irene Ramirez thinks she's figured out why so many servicemen from Clovis are killed in the line of duty. “To me it says they've stood up for their country. I'm proud that they chose to serve. I'm sad for the families though.”

Abbate leaves behind a wife and two-year old son.
Family members left for Deleware Friday night to begin the process of escorting his body home. Binion thinks of what a great person the community and the world for that matter has lost.
“He was a leader, one of those silent leaders that don’t make you want to follow them, but you will end up following him.”

There is a memorial here at Buchanan High devoted to the seven other soldiers who died.
Abbate's name will most likely be added.

From Cpl Scott Campbell 05/10/11:

My name is Corporal Scott Campbell, and I served with Matt thru a tour in Iraq as well as time on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. I remember Matt as a Marines Marine. He was the man that everyone strived to be like. I know I did. He was almost perfect in every way a Marine can be. He was smart, cunning, ambitious, but compassionate when he needed to be. After I transfered out of 3/5, I ran into him the day he graduated Scout/Sniper School. He had been at the top of his class, claiming the title of Class Honorman, as well as high shooter. His instructors had never seen anything like him. When I found out that 3/5 was going to Sangin Afghanistan, my first thought was "man, Matt is going to destroy the Taliban there. They have no clue whats coming down on them." Just knowing him, he was the last person I expected to fall. On December 4th, I was at Ft Benning GA. I had just graduated from Airborne School. I was on my way to the airport to return to California when my wife called me and told me that he had been killed. I was thrown into a state of shock, followed by a period of depression. I had lost a friend, a mentor, and my role model for being a Marine. My depression was swiftly turned to pure rage and hate. My unit relieved Matts in March. I now serve on the very ground that he did, fighting the men that killed him. Whenever things get nasty or I just plain don't know what to do, I step back, take a breath, and ask myself "what would Abbate do?" It is up to us now to ensure that the death of a man known as "American Gunfighter" is not in vain.

That is my story of Sgt Abbate. He is a role model for us all, but especially me. There was no man on Gods earth I would rather have beside me in a gunfight than him. He will be remembered, honored, and fought for for as long as there is a United States Marine Corps.


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