January 5, 2016
BORN: October 10, 1985
HOMETOWN: Tacoma, WA
ENTERED SERVICE: September 2006
UNITS: A Co, 2-7 Cavalry BN, 4th BDE; ODA 1411, A Co. 4th Bn 1st SFG (A); ODA 2315, A Co. 3rd Bn. 20th SFG (A); ODA 9115, A Co. 1st Bn. 19th SFG (A)
MILITARY TRAINING: Infantry One Station Unit Training, Airborne School, Special Forces Engineer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School, Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course, and Hazardous Material Course
DEPLOYMENTS: Iraq, Afghanistan (2x), Thailand, Philippines (2x)
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Silver Star (Posthumous), Bronze Star (Posthumous), Purple Heart (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutists Badge
SURVIVED BY: He is survived by his wife, Alexandra McClintock and son Declan McClintock of Tacoma, WA, his father and step-mother, George Burns (Sonny) & Rumi McClintock III, of Jacksonville, FL, his mother, Joyce Montoya-Helgesen, of Albuquerque, NM, and his brother, Kevin Williams, Grandparents, Gilbert Montoya and Cecilia Montoya. Aunt Georgia Montoya, Uncle Roman Montoya, Aunt and husband, Sarah (Jeff) Boyce of Chillicothe, OH, uncle and wife, John Robert (Susie) McClintock of Bidwell, OH, cousins: Marisa Montoya, Alex Montoya, Victor Serecerez, Mitchell McClintock, Bradley Cummings, and Vanessa Cummings.
On January 5, 2016 SFC Matt McClintock's Team came under fire near the city of Marjah, Afghanistan. The battle ensued for five long hours. Two of Matts teammates were wounded during the exchange and needed to be medically evacuated by helo. Matt took it upon himself to mark the DZ in order to signal for the MEDEVAC Helo in an attempt to save his teammates/friends. While moving to the DZ, Matt was hit by enemy fire and tragically lost his life.
Special Forces Engineer Sergeant