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Matt Zeiter
Branch: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
War or Conflict: Iraq War
Years of Service: 8
Matt Zeiter was born on October 25, 1981 grew up in Rodeo and attended Salesians High School in Richmond.

At the age of 18 and inspired by his father's dream of joining the Marines, Matt Zeiter enlisted with the Marine Reserves in 1999. He desired to serve his country like many of his relatives had before him. In April, 2007 Matt was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.

When the Second Iraq War got underway, Sgt. Zeiter volunteered for active duty with the 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 1st Battalion 23rd Marines of the 1st Marines Division in April, 2004. He was among the first to fight in the Battle of Fallujah. It was there in Fallujah on November 11, 2004, that he came upon an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Matt, then a Corporal, was on a security and reconnaissance detail when the IED exploded and threw him 15 feet through the air. Sgt. Zeiter's injuries were quickly assessed and taken care of through the immediate care of his platoon and then Lance Corporal Josh Ourso.

The Marines have recognized Sgt. Zeiter for many of his contributions. Among those honors are the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and a Marines Good Conduct Medal with one star.

One thing Sgt. Zeiter cherishes and maintains close to his heart is the privilege to vote. The first time he ever voted, he said it was a special experience for him since for the eight years he had fought for the rights of others to vote.

Sgt. Zeiter earned, and was presented with The Purple Heart; The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. Sgt. Zeiter is truly an American Hero.

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