Spc. Matthew Evan Schneider, born on 2 January 1983 in Show Low, Arizona, died on 28 August 2006 in Iraq from non-combatant medical complications.
Matthew proudly served his country as a communications specialist in the U.S. Army's 141st Signal Battalion of the 1st Armored Division, based in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Army recognized his service with several awards, including the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.
Spc. Schneider enlisted in the Army October 2003 in an effort to serve his country and continue his education. After graduating from Gorham High School in June 2001, he attended New Hampshire Community College in Nashua, focusing on computer technology.
Matthew was always helping people with technical computer problems, from building computers at home to setting up his dad's office network. Matthew really watched out for people, was quick to phone if he heard anyone was suffering, and had even made a home video for his step-mother when her battle with cancer worsened.
Matthew was pleased to be in Iraq. He found the people of Iraq to be grateful and appreciative of the support from his unit, and he was glad to be part of that effort.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Matthew has dear friends in the Randolph, NH Branch and the Kaysville, UT 8th Ward.
Matthew planned to tour Europe with his parents after his tour of duty, finish his college education, and had hopes to some day marry.
Matthew is survived by: Cynthia and Mark Tardiff of Lunenberg, VT; his father, Andrew Schneider of Kittery, ME; his sister, Sarah Gray of Fairfax, VA; four step-brothers, David Guenette of San Francisco, CA, Matthew Guenette of Madison, WI, Martin Guenette of Providence, RI and Alex Tardiff of Lancaster, NH; his grandmother, Catherine Botzum of Littleton, NH; uncles Steve Botzum of Odenton, MD and Nathan Schneider of Salt Lake City, UT; and aunt Judith Schneider of Kaysville, UT.
Schneider was buried with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on 7 September 2006.