Army Sergeant Matthew Scott Patton
Born: March 26, 1990
Fallen: May 13, 2013
Army Sergeant Matthew Scott Patton from Bristol, RI was assigned to the 154th Transportation Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). He became a RI hero on May 13, 2013 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while on leave in Lexington, NC.v
Army Sergeant Matthew Patton was born in Providence, RI and grew up in Bristol, RI. He was a 2008 graduate of Mt. Hope High School and enlisted in the US Army in August of 2008 as a motor transport operator. His first duty station was in Stuttgart, Germany. After this assignment, he moved to Fort Hood, TX in February 2011 where he was assigned to 154th Transportation Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) since February 2011. Matthew deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2009 to October 2010.
His friends remember him as “a true friend and battle buddy.” Everyone that he served with loved him and considered him a “good soldier [who] worked hard and believed in the Army’s values.”
Sergeant Patton’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. He also received accolade “as one of the best in his job” earning him the award for ‘Best Individual Driver’. While on leave, Matthew started displaying signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and became a fallen hero on May 13, 2013 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Recently, Matthew was inducted in to the Hall of Honor in a ceremony in Fort Hood. COL Timothy Luedecking, the 4th Sustainment Brigade Commander, and the Brigade Chaplain MAJ James Fisher decided to make the Hall after sitting with his family going over the investigation into Matt’s death. They realized that if anyone had only called his family at the first sign of trouble, they would have learned about his history and they could have prevented his death. Since that day, the Colonel and Chaplain changed their whole command to include getting to know their Soldiers and their Families better. The story of Matt’s life is told to every new Soldiers to help them understand the importance of getting to know each other well and helping each other to assist in preventing suicide.
Matt’s family continues to help soldiers who may be suffering in spite of how their son’s life ended. The Hall of Honor was created largely as the result of the family’s meeting with the Colonel and Jim Oct 30, 2013 out of the belief that when a Soldier serves his/her country admirably and with honor, when he/she passes, he/she should be remembered and honored no matter how they died.
He is survived by his parents, John and Lynn (Steger) Patton, his brothers, Evan and Joshua, his sister, Caley, his paternal grandparents, Billy L. Patton and the late June Patton, and his maternal grandparents, Paul and Bette Steger.
Pictures from Hall on Honor Ceremony: