Apuan, Matthew, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
19K10-M1 Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2001-2007, 19K10, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
2001 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom


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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Mexico
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Las Cruces
Last Address
Baghdad, Iraq

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 2007
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery - Las Cruces, New Mexico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
  2001-2007, 19K10, D Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry
  2001-2007, 19K10, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2004 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)/Operation Pacific Thrust
  2004-2004 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)/Operation Phantom Fury
  2007-2008 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
 Colleges Attended 
New Mexico State University
  2000-2002, New Mexico State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Sgt. Matthew S. Apuan

Died February 18, 2007 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom 

27, of Las Cruces, N.M.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Feb. 18 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with the enemy using small arms fire while on combat patrol.

New Mexico soldier buried in hometown

The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A Las Cruces soldier killed in Iraq was buried March 2 with full military honors in his hometown.

Sgt. Matthew S. Apuan, 27, was killed by enemy fire near Baghdad on Feb. 18.

An estimated 1,000 Las Cruces residents, including military troops, veterans and police officers from throughout southern New Mexico, lined a more than three-mile stretch of road as Apuan’s casket was carried from Holy Cross Catholic Church to Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, made up of veteran and civilian motorcycle riders, escorted the procession, and the New Mexico National Guard saluted Apuan with a two-helicopter flyover during the service.

Apuan, a graduate of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, was a tank gunner assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas. He had been stationed at Camp Falcon on Baghdad’s south side.

Apuan is survived by his father and stepmother, Charles and Martha Apuan; his mother, Sandra Apuan; and his sister, Amiee Apuan, all of Las Cruces.

Ernesto Rodriguez remembered Matthew S. Apuan as a fun-loving prankster and avid skateboarder who could always cheer up his comrades. "He always, always put everybody in a good mood," Rodriguez said. "It's just hard to put it into words. He was a bright person, brought you up when you were down. He was always there." Apuan, 27, of Las Cruces, N.M., was killed Feb. 18 by small-arms fire in Baghdad. He was a 1998 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood. As a freshman, Apuan was a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC program; as a senior, he was on the track team. Apuan also played soccer in the High Noon Soccer League. He attended New Mexico State University for two years and studied hotel-motel management. On his first deployment to Iraq in 2004, Matthew was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his role in the battle of Najaf. He also was involved in the battle of Fallujah. On his return, he proposed to his girlfriend, Nicole, purchased a new sports car, learned about wine and put Vietnamese hot chili sauce on his favorite foods. Apuan also is survived by his father and stepmother, Charles and Martha Apuan; and his mother, Sandra Apuan.

Sgt. Matthew Stephen Apuan, 27, of Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Div., Ft. Hood, TX, and of Las Cruces, NM passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. 
Sgt. Apuan was born in Monterey, California on September 13, 1979 to Charles G. and Sandra Gillit Apuan. He was a 1998 graduate of Mayfield High School and attended New Mexico State University from 1998-2000. 
Sgt. Apuan is survived by his father Charles Apuan, his mother Sandra Apuan, sister, Aimee Apuan, step-mother Martha Apuan, and step-sister, Katie Sluyter, all of Las Cruces, NM; his near-sister and near-brother, Kindra & Daniel Moffatt, both of Sacramento, CA; paternal grandparents 1st Sgt. Charles Apuan (USA Ret.) & Elizabeth of Salinas, CA; maternal grandparents, Cleo Gillit, Sr. & Cezilia, of Riverbank, CA; Henry J. Silveira, of Modesto, CA; aunt Wendy Apuan of Salinas, CA; aunts and their husbands, Cheryl & Phyl Dedden, of Alta Loma, CA; Leeanne & Jim Dietz, of North Richland Hills, TX; Michelle & James Moore, of Salinas, CA; cousins, David, Marc, Clair, James, Christopher, Stefanie, Steven; his uncle Cleo Gillit, Jr. & wife Sheri, of Modesto, CA; uncle Brian Gillit, of Grants, NM; other survivors are his many great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Peggy Silveira and uncle Mark Gillit. 
Sgt. Apuan will lie in state from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1, 2007 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Graham's Mortuary Chapel, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces. Rosary services will follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Holy Cross Church, 1327 N. Miranda Street. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2007 at Holy Cross Church with burial services to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho. 
The family of Sgt. Apuan wish to express their gratitude to the community for their prayers and support. In lieu of flowers, they request memorial donations to the Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org/donations.

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