PFC Matthew M. Pollini

January 23, 2009

I was very sad to see this online today...

By David Filipov, Globe Staff

An Army National Guardsman from Rockland has died in Iraq, town officials said today. Private First Class Matthew M. Pollini, 21, was a member of the 772nd Military Police Company, a National Guard unit based in Taunton, which was deployed to Iraq in December.

Matthew Polliniâs parents, Frederick and Carolyn Pollini, were notified of his death Thursday night, the town selectmenâs office said.

A man who answered the phone at the Pollini home in Rockland referred a reporter to the Massachusetts National Guard.

"It's been a nightmare all day," said the man.

A Defense Department spokesman declined to comment, citing the rule that requires the military to wait 24 hours after the last next-of-kin is notified before releasing the name of a casualty.

With everything going on in the country this week, it's important that we remember all of those American's that are not at home.

My heart aches for the family of PFC Pollini.

There are several videos online from some great bands that pay tribute to our troops...

I thought I would share some of them with you.

Thank you Private First Class Pollini for your service.