- 34 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 10, 1975
- Date of passing: Nov 23, 2009
|Let the memory of SSGT. Matthew be with us forever|
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, hadn’t lived in Plymouth for several years but some of his family, including one of his sisters, still do. He was on his fourth combat tour when he was killed in action near Pasha Kala, Afghanistan.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at New Testament Church, 1120 Long Pond Road, Plymouth. A reception will follow the service. Burial with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Pucino lived with his family in Plymouth on Dartmouth Road. The family moved in the early 1990s and Pucino graduated from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth. He lived in the Baltimore-area town of Cockeysville, Md., at the time of his deployment.
He joined the Army in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He previously served with 5th Special Forces Group as an engineer sergeant, and was serving with Company B, 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group, out of Glen Arm, Maryland as an intelligence sergeant.
He is survived by his parents, Albert and Kathryn (Redler) Pucino of Orlando, Fla.,; his sisters, Lisa Haglof of Sagamore and Melissa Pucino of Plymouth; his nephews, PFC Michael Haglof, Nicholas Haglof and Joshua Haglof,; and a niece, Katelyn Haglof.
Matthew loved to lift weights and worked out daily. He loved to learn
new things and always looked forward to new classes and schools while
in the military. He loved cooking and was famous for his veal
parmesan. He loved listening to music and watching movies. When asked
what he missed the most while being in the military, he replied
"Sunday Family Dinner."
All Medals Received
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, two Bronze
Star Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat
Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab,
Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service
Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M"
Device, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
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