GREEN BERETS Rierson, Matthew Loren (Matt)

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  • SURNAME
Rierson
  • FORENAME
Matthew Loren (Matt)
  • UNIT
1 SF Operational Detachment - Delta (Task Force Ranger,Special Ops Command)
  • RANK
Sergeant First Class
  • NUMBER

  • DATE OF DEATH
5th October 1993
  • AGE
33
  • GRAVESITE
Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery,Fort Bragg,Cumberland County,North Carolina Section 786 Site A-1
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 29.9.1960 Nevada,Iowa
son of Loren Eugene (1928-1988) and Kay Rierson
husband of Patricia Rierson (2 sons) (married 6.7.1984)
son Kaleb Christian Rierson (1991-2013)
graduated Nevada High School 1979
graduated Ellsworth Junior College 1981
entered service 18.2.1982 Fort Jackson,South Carolina
75 Ranger Regiment (Company B,2 Bn)
awards Silver Star,Bronze Star
KIA by mortar fire Mogadishu,Somalia
Evergreen Memory Gardens,Nevada,Story County,Iowa (memorial stone)
 

DATE OF DEATH:

05-Oct-1993

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/rierson-matthew-loren.58145/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Matthew Loren Rierson, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against hostile enemy forces while serving with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, Task Force RANGER, Special Operations Command, during combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 3 and 4 October 1993. On that date following the crash of an MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Sergeant First Class Rierson led the first assault team that landed in Mogadishu, and supervised the capture of several prisoners. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military forces, and reflect great credit upon himself, the Special Operations Command, and the United States Army.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/23830

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107655817/matthew-loren-rierson
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