- 34 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 8, 1976
- Date of passing: Sep 21, 2010
|Let the memory of Matthew be with us forever|
United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Gabriel Wagstaff Of Orem, Utah was assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Matthew was killed in action on Sept. 21, 2010 during combat operations when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that he was in went down in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. As a child Matt was a bright, shiny star that excelled in everything he did. Even at the early age of 5 Matt always dreamed of flying, which never faltered and followed him through his adult life as he soared as a senior aviator flying Blackhawks for the Army. He grew to be an extraordinary man, always setting the bar high for others to follow. Matt was a very rare person in that he really did put everyone else before himself. Even though Matt was large in stature, anyone close to him knew he was a big teddy bear, with the softest, most caring heart. Matt was the most gentle, caring, loving and kind soul that a mother, father, brother, sister, uncle and wife ever could ask for. He wanted nothing more than to take care of his family and friends. Matt was the most unselfish person on the planet and would do anything for anyone in need regardless of what it was they needed. He encouraged everyone to be the best that they could be, never asking for anything in return and wished us nothing but strength, comfort and happiness. He did this throughout his life through his love, and in sacrificing for his country, he is doing the same not only for his family, but also for the entire nation. He will forever be in out hearts and forever our HERO
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