Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino

"This is a soldier, a hero, a person to who you can count on in all aspects of life."
March 10, 1975 - November 23, 2009

Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, of Cockeysville, Md., died near Pashay Kala, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Glen Arm, Md.

He was born in Boston, Mass., and enlisted in the Army in 2002. He graduated from Bishop Stang High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Matthew was a very generous person in life and even in his passing. It takes an extraordinary individual to join the Special Forces, and he was an example for other Soldiers to follow.

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