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Lance Corporal Matthew K. Serio
FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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◊ About Matt

Lance Corporal Mathew K. Serio

United States Marine Corps

Matt was the 2nd son of Anthony and Sharon Serio, born on July 22nd, 1982. Matt has an older brother Anthony Jr. better known as A.J. who is a Petty Officer 1st Class, serving in the United States Navy on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72. His younger brother Christopher is a Navy corpsmen (HM2) served with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines Bravo Company, for 4 years and now is in the reserves station in Newport RI

Matt attended Rhyme and Reason Nursery School for two years, Centredale Elementary School kindergarten to eighth grade, North Providence High School until graduation in 2001. While in high school he joined the Marines in the Delayed entry program with his friend Jason on the buddy system. On September 14th, 2001 they left for boot camp to Parris Island, South Carolina just 3 days after the 9/11 attacks. Upon graduation from Parris Island he attended the Marine Corp School of Infantry in Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Then Matt left to serve with the 3rd platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

Growing up Matt was always playing sports whether it was basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, or, his favorite, football. Matt loved being part of a team. Matt also played the trumpet in the high school band.

Matt loved life and lived it to the fullest. He didn’t let things bother him, that’s what made Matt the son, brother, friend, and Marine that he was. Matt with his friends would be together, if it was coming home and eating macaroni and cheese with Ryan, or finding steaks in his parents freezer to cook at his friends Mikes house (he had the pool) or just going to Spikes for hot dogs which he did at least once a week usually on Thursdays with Ryan. When they weren’t at his house driving his mother Sharon crazy he could always be found at Mike’s house or Jason's house just watching TV or playing Playstation.

In high school Matt was part of the ferocious four and the fearsome five, a group of friends who were always there for each other. Matt also was part of the “Fat Boys” on the football team.

When Matt went to California to check in to his unit, he made friends right away. Matt was a type of person that everyone got along with.

Matt’s unit was called to duty in Iraq, he was part of the push towards Baghdad when the war started, Matt didn’t mind, he joined the Marines to be first in. He liked the action they would say; Matt was fearless! So when he got back to the states, and back to Rhode Island he wouldn’t just visit his family and friend’s, he made an extra trip to the North Providence High School to see some of his teachers. He always felt it was important to never leave anyone out.

Matt’s unit was assigned to go back to Iraq for a second tour, when people used to ask him if he was scared he always said No! This was his job. Matt wanted to do. Matt wanted to be the best Marine he could be. He was a proud Marine and wore his uniform with pride. In Matt’s eyes, his uniform always had to be perfect.

Matt never forgot his family, friends or his comrades. He emailed, wrote and asked for cookies and candy for his unit and Iraqi children.

Matt was a very special person to so many people; everyone he came in contact with took a liking to him. To this day if you asked why Matt was so special the answer would be because it’s just Matt.

Matt has been awarded the following military honors:

  • Purple Heart
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Metal with Valor (Combat Distinguishing Device)
  • Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star
  • President Unit Citation
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • National defense Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment with Star