Home
History
About Us
News
Leadership
Resources
Careers
 
Home > News
Pollini Memorial Plaque 
Feature News Story 
 
 

TAUNTON, Mass. – This memorial plaque bearing the name of Spc. Matthew Pollini was unveiled during a ceremony dedicating the drill hall of the 772nd Military Police Company, 211th Military Police Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, to Pollini, here, June 9, 2012.

Pollini was a member of the company when deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He was killed while returning to his base after a mission. Pollini is the only member of the battalion to have lost his life in the line of duty while deployed since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As a way of keeping his memory alive, Pollini’s fellow Soldiers raised money to pay for the stone memorial bench plaque and a bronze memorial plaque. The Military Friends Foundation helped by donating money toward the plaque.

"Military Friends Foundation is honored to join in presenting this plaque dedicating the drill hall to SPC Matthew Pollini who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation," said SGM Jim Kelly (Ret.), President of the Military Friends Foundation. The Military Friends Foundation, a non-profit serving Massachusetts National Guard, Reserves & Families of the Fallen, receives support from donations made through Question 32E (Mass. Military Family Relief Fund) on the Mass. State Tax Form which was created by the state legislature after 9/11. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs)

 

TAUNTON, Mass. – Frederick Pollini and his wife Carolyn unveil a memorial plaque bearing the name of their son, Spc. Matthew Pollini, during a ceremony dedicating the drill hall of the 772nd Military Police Company, 211th Military Police Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard in Matthews’s name, here, June 9, 2012. Assisting the Pollini’s is Capt. Derek Baran and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Peterson who served as the company commander and company 1st Sgt. During the deployment.

Pollini was a member of the company when deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He was killed in a non-combat related incident while returning to his base after a mission. Pollini is the only member of the battalion to have lost his life in the line of duty while deployed since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Pollini’s fellow Soldiers raised money to pay for the plaque and a stone memorial bench, located near the entrance to the armory, as a way of keeping his memory alive.

“It feels very good that they are honoring my son … to keep his memory alive,” said Frederick Pollini, “It’s not just for Matt, but for all the Soldiers who sacrificed their lives. It’s very important for us to keep the memory alive of all the Soldiers who put themselves in harm’s way for our freedom.”

Pollini’s younger brother Spc. Joseph Pollini, a military policeman, recently rejoined the 772nd M.P. Co. after serving in Afghanistan earlier this year.

“He’ll always be there in that drill shed … he’ll always be there with me. This is our unit and this is where I plan on staying,” said Joseph, “I’ll go where ever they ask me to go; but at the end of the day I’m coming back here.” (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs)

6/12/2012