August 27, 1990—November 1, 2012
Matthew G. Kantor was a Navy SEAL Operator who died during a combat mission in Afghanistan on November 1, 2012. Matthew G. Kantor is a recipient of many awards for his actions including the Navy Commendation Medal, The Purple Heart and The Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
The following is an excerpt from the Bronze Star citation presented by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, which proclaims Matthew's heroic achievement:
"On 1 November, Petty Officer Kantor was providing rear security as the heavy weapons gunner for a 31-man combat reconnaissance patrol. He was the first line defense protecting the most vulnerable position of his platoon against potentially devastating enemy attacks. While returning from the patrol, his element, received effective enemy machine gun fire from 500 meters away. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Petty Officer Kantor advanced forward and returned suppressive fire, receiving a mortal wound in the process. His selfless actions allowed enough time for his teammates to find cover and maneuver on the enemy's position. Petty Officer Kantor absolutely prevented additional loss of life and undoubtedly ensured the safe return of his teammates.”
Matthew is a hero to the 30 teammates that he saved that day; Matthew is a True American Hero!