|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1967|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2002|
Navy Chief Petty Officer Bourgeois was assigned to Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Virginia. He was killed in southern Afghanistan after stepping on a land mine while conducting a small unit-training mission at an abandoned al Qaeda base near the Kandahar airport. Matt grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School. He served in the Florida National Guard from 1984 to 1987 before enlisting in the Navy. Matt initially trained as a Hospital Corpsman and began training with Navy SEAL Team 2 in the Norfolk area in December 1989. He relished the challenge presented by the SEALs, the Navy's elite Special Operations forces. Matt was an incredible man, very funny and very witty. He had a charm all his own, and he loved to be a perfectionist. He was quick to find humor in even the most basic of daily life experiences as well as on the job. Matthew and his wife, Michelle, had an infant son.
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Feb 28, 2005
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