A veteran Green Beret has been identified as the American Special Ops soldier who was killed in a fierce firefight in southern Afghanistan Monday.
Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, died in the battle in Helmand Province, while two more American service members were wounded.
A rescue helicopter ended up being disabled as it flew in to rescue the American soldiers, leaving the U.S. forces - along with Afghan soldiers - trapped for hours in a compound surrounded by the enemy.
McClintock, who was on his third combat tour as a member of the Washington National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group, leaves behind a wife and infant son.
“The death of any service member is tragic,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said. “The death of one of our own is especially difficult to grasp. My thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sergeant McClintock’s friends and family, including his wife and infant son. He is a true American hero who stood up to protect his state and nation.”
— Joel Moreno (@JoelMorenoKOMO) January 7, 2016
A GoFundMe page was created to assist McClintock's wife and infant son.
"He left behind the love of his life, his wife of 3 years Alexandra, and his 3 month old son Declan. Allie put it best with: 'Yesterday I lost the love of my life, Declan lost his father, we all lost a loved one. My husband Matthew was killed in action. Matthew's greatest wish was to be a father, a husband, and a green beret. He got to do all of those things in his too short life. Declan will grow up knowing his father was the greatest man I've ever dreamed to know and a hero."
— JoJo (@JoJoLongIsland) January 7, 2016