Matthew “Meat” Joseph Bourgeois
Rank(s): HM3, HMC
Unit(s): ST2, ST1, NSWDG
Station: Dam Neck, VA
Fallen on: 28 Mar 2002
Era: Global War on Terror
Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom
Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal w/ 3 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ Silver Star, Army Service Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal, Saudi Arabian for the Liberation of Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
HMC Bourgeois died from injuries sustained from land mine during a training mission at a remote training site south of the U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan.