Kantor, Matthew G., SO2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SO-5326-Special Warfare Operator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Primary Unit
2010-2012, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
Service Years
2009 - 2012
SO-Special Warfare Operator

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gillette, NJ
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 01, 2012
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Westfield, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, GWOT Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Special Warfare Officer Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2009, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
Naval Special Warfare  Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
  2010-2012, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 (NSWG-2)/SEAL Team 4
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2012-2012 OEF - Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 23, 2016, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
“Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J., died supporting stability operations in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Name of Award
Bronze Star
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as a SEAL Operator, for Special Operations Task Force-SOUTHEAST, in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from September to November 2012. During this period, Petty Officer Kantor conducted 25 combat operations inside Taliban safe havens. 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 machinegun fire from 500 meters away. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, and being mortally wounded, Petty Officer Kantor advanced forward and returned suppressive fire. 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. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Kantor reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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