SSG Matthew J. West


Matthew J. West

SSG Matthew John “Matt” West was killed on 30 August 2010. SSG West was assigned to the 62nd Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 242nd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20th Support Command (CBRNE).  SSG West was among five soldiers killed in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, while they were responding to suspected improvise explosive device.  Also killed in the attack were CPT Dale A. Goetz, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and SSG Jesse Infante, SSG Kevin J. Kessler, and PFC Chad D. Clemems, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The five soldiers were killed when their lead vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.  SSG West was awarded Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and one Iraq Campaign Medal with star. 


*This bio was researched and authored by SGM Mike R.Vining, USA (Retired). Please send any additional information and/or corrections to the author of this bio by email: The EOD Wounded Warrior Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of the information in bio.

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