NO. R-107.† House concurrent resolution wishing Marine Private First Class David Matteson of Dorset a speedy recovery from the combat injuries he sustained in Iraq.

(H.C.R.64)

Offered by:† Representative Freed of Dorset.

Offered by:† Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shepard of Bennington County.

Whereas, Marine Private First Class (Pfc.) David Matteson of Dorset graduated from Burr and Burton Academy in 2001, and

Whereas, expressing the desire to serve his country, in June 2002, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and

Whereas, upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and was deployed to Iraq, and

Whereas, the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade was one of the first ground‑based military units to encounter gunfire in Iraq, and

Whereas, on Sunday, March 23, Pfc. Matteson, a gunner in a personnel carrier, was wounded in an ambush on the military convoy unit in which he was riding when a grenade exploded over his truck, and

Whereas, he suffered shrapnel wounds to his face, leg, and shoulder, but fortunately, unlike several of his Marine colleagues, his injuries were not fatal, and

Whereas, Pfc. Matteson has been flown to Germany for surgery and is expected to recover, and

Whereas, this brave young Marine has placed his life in harmís way in serving his nation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly wishes Marine Private First Class David Matteson of Dorset a speedy recovery from the combat injuries he sustained in Iraq and recognizes his special commitment to serving his nation, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pfc. Matteson in care of Eugene Matteson in Dorset.