January 2016
A Hero's Memorial

Kevin Williams remembers his brother, Washington National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock, during a memorial service Sunday in the Kiva Auditorium. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)
Hundreds attended a memorial service for Albuquerque native Matthew McClintock, a real hero. Sergeant McClintock — Matt — joined the Army after graduating from Albuquerque's Eldorado High School. He was trained in infantry, later becoming a Green Beret. He joined the Washington National Guard after leaving active duty and was deployed with them to Afghanistan for his third combat tour of duty there. He was killed during a firefight on January 5th while trying to save a wounded comrade and his team, and was promoted from staff sergeant to sergeant first class posthumously. He was 30 years old and leaves behind a wife and infant son.

The New MexiChords were proud that we were invited to participate, singing the National Anthem at the memorial service. Along with everyone else, our eyes refused to stay dry during McClintock's final roll call, three-rifle volley, and taps.

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music

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