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Age:   31
Hometown: Bedford, PA
Date of Death: 3/19/2004
Incident Location: Beiji, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment
Unit's Base: Schweinfurt, Germany

When he learned of his son''s death, Clint Matthews'' father, a Vietnam veteran, said simply, "It was my turn as a parent to give up a soldier." Matthews had always wanted to be a soldier. Besides his father, both of Matthews'' brothers served in the military. "He was just always one of those all-American kids wearing his red, white and blue and always wanted to be in the Army. It is just what he wanted to do. Clint joined up right after high school," said his brother James Matthews, who was in the Navy. Spc. Matthews, 31, of Bedford, Pa., died March 20 after a road gave way and his vehicle tumbled into the Tigris River in Baji, Iraq. Matthews served four years in the Army, then joined the Army Reserves. Spurred by the Sept. 11 attacks, Matthews signed up for active duty and served in Bosnia and Afghanistan before being deployed to Iraq in January. Survivors include his parents: Rick Thomasich and Connie Nugent.
Source: Associated Press
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