Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in combat in Afghanistan
A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been killed in combat in Afghanistan's Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.
Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu was killed Thursday. Abbate was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton.
The Three-Five has been assigned to wrest control of the Sangin district from the Taliban. Abbate, a rifleman, is the 17th Marine from the battalion to be killed since Oct. 8. He also served in Iraq.
Abbate attended Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif. The school has now had eight former students killed in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the military.
Abbate was married and the father of a two-year-old son, according to a story in the Fresno Bee.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Readers are invited to share memories about Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate, on the California's War Dead database which chronicles the lives of more than 600 Californians who have died while supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.