Xavier's All for One ROTC battalion dedicates a memorial to a graduate who died in Iraq

Paratrooper Matthew Mattingly, Class of 1998, died in September 2006 in Mosul | November 10, 2008

The Xavier ROTC program is dedicating a memorial to Capt. Matthew C. Mattingly, a 1998 Xavier University graduate who was killed in Iraq in September 2006. This event is being held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Armory on campus, 3904 Winding Way in North Avondale.

Mattingly joined the Army in May 1998 after graduating with a degree in chemistry. He served in Bosnia in 2002, deployed to Iraq in late 2003 with the 4th Infantry, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in September 2004.

He died during combat in Mosul when gunfire hit his helicopter. The 30-year-old paratrooper had commanded Troop A of the 1st squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne. His family was told that he had saved the lives of several soldiers on the ground during the battle involving his helicopter.

Mattingly's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the military's fourth-highest medal for heroism.