Matthew R. Seidler 1988-2012
This is a short biography of Matthew Seidler, a namesake of the new American Legion post near Brandywine-Baden, Maryland.
Matthew R Seidler was born January 3, 1988 in Baltimore, MD, to Marc and Lauren Seidler and spent his childhood in Westminster, MD, graduating from Westminster High School in 2006. Matt enlisted in the United States Air Force on November 9, 2009 where he specialized in Explosive Ordinance Disposal and stationed at Peterson AFB, CO. Among others, Matt was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor. His citation reads:
Airman First Class Matthew R Seidler distinguished himself by heroism as Team Member, 466th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight Delta, 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron 466th Air Expeditionary Group, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, while engaged in ground operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Musa Q'alah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 5 January 2012. On that date, Airman Seidler's Explosive Ordinance Team was part of a 21-Vehicle convoy embedded in an Army route clearance platoon supporting a joint combat operation in a volatile region of southern Afghanistan During this operation, he was tasked with rendering safe improvised explosive devices intended to deny maneuverability and defeat friendly forces. Without hesitation, Airman Seidler entered known hostile territory where he and his team located and neutralized two improvised explosive devices. He methodically rendered the area safe so that combat operations could continue and coalition forces were safe from mortal danger. While actively clearing a safe path, Airman Seidler was mortally wounded when a device specifically targeting his vehicle detonated. By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty in the service of his country. Airman Seidler has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
At his memorial service in Colorado Springs, his eulogy reads, in part:
“Matt was an extremely energetic and competitive man. He was passionate about learning the EOD craft and eagerly anticipated executing our mission to protect others. He vigilantly pursued perfection and pushed himself and his team to be the best. He was relied on heavily to safely neutralize IEDs necessary for Coalition forces to engage the enemy. He will be forever remembered by the EOD family for being himself – an energetic, strong-willed man, a skilled EOD tech, and an amazing brother. We will never forget you.”