POINT PLEASANT — At this week’s regular meeting of the Mason County Commission, a soldier with family ties to Mason County, was honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, 30, was killed in action in Halmand Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 5, leaving behind wife Alexandra and infant son Declan, along with many other friends and family members.
As Commissioner Rick Handley pointed out, McClintock’s father, Sonny, of Jacksonville, Fla., is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and was a member of the military. Matthew’s grandparents were the late George and Helen Maxine McClintock, formerly of Point Pleasant — George passed away in 2010, with Helen passing away just last year. Handley said both George and Helen were life-long residents of Point Pleasant, and George had also been in the military. Matthew had been to Mason County to visit over the years, as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Matthew was a Special Forces soldier who was with Afghan forces as part of a “train, advise and assist” mission in Marjah when his unit came under fire. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., and a veteran Green Beret on his third tour of duty, he was a member of the Washington National Guard assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Buckley, Wash.
In the wake of Matthew’s death, a GoFundMe page was started to help Matthew’s widow and son meet expenses while Matthew’s benefits are processed through the U.S. Army. The funds will be used for the family’s immediate needs. As of yesterday, the page, found at www.gofundme.com/mcclintock, had raised more than $129,000 in donations.
Commissioners lowered the flags at the Mason County Courthouse, as well as the Mason County Library, beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend until Monday, as a show of respect to Staff Sgt. McClintock and his family. Lowering flags throughout the county would have to be done and declared by the governor’s office, Handley said.
In addition, the commission recognized the late Jim Wilson, who passed away earlier this week, for his service to the community. Wilson, of Fraziers Bottom, was a former educator, also serving on the Mason County Board of Education, and as Handley pointed out, was a board member on the Mason County PSD.
In other commission news:
Signed a thank you letter to the estate of the late Harold Ross of Gallipolis Ferry for a $4,000 donation to the Mason County Animal Shelter.
The meeting adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters. It was no known if any votes were taken after the session though it was not anticipated.
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