HAMPSTEAD, NH, USA U.S. MaHAMPSTEAD, NH, USA U.S. Marines PFC, A CO, 1ST BN, 3RD MAR, 3RD MAR DIV, KANEOHE BAY, HI BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN 02/09/2006
Marine Private First Class Matthew L. Bertolino grew up enjoying the outdoors, and loved skiing, snowshoeing, rock-climbing, playing paintball, golfing and shooting at the range. He also loved working out, playing video games and listening to music. He enjoyed carpentry and had several ongoing projects at home. Bertolino spent time working on his Jeep Wrangler, going on long rides, top down, and feeling the wind in his face.
Most of all, he loved sharing good times with family and friends. He planned to pursue a degree in criminal justice and become a police officer serving the people of New Hampshire.
Bertolino, 20, of Hampstead, N.H, died February 9, 2006, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when his vehicle rolled over during a combat patrol.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd marine Divisions, lll Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Bertolino, a Pinkerton Academy graduate, leaves behind his parents, Stanley and Joyce, and two older sisters Kristen and Kimberly. In letter sent to his sisters, he wrote that joining the military was the right choice because he was protecting people.
Bertolino’s favorite saying was, “Everyone is alive, but not everyone truly lives.”