by Kevin Caruso
Matthew La Porte, 20; freshman majoring in leadership and political science; from Dumont, New Jersey; graduated from Carson Long Military Institute.
Matthew was attending Virginia Tech on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was a member of the school’s Corps of Cadets.
Matthew’s dream was to serve our country in the Air Force, and he started his preparation for that honorable aspiration in high school when he attended a military institute. And at Virginia Tech, his commitment to his dream remained strong and he was awarded the Emerging Leader Scholarship from the Corps of Cadets. There was no question that he had what it took to be a top military leader. “He had mental toughness,” said Jonathan Kaczanowski, a friend.
Cason Long, a friend of Matthew’s said, “Matthew was an exemplary student at Carson Long whose love of music and fellow cadets were an inspiration to all on campus.
Another friend said, “Matthew was one of those elite cadets who went above and beyond the call of duty during his tenure as a cadet in Air Force ROTC at Virginia Tech,” an anonymous poster wrote to MSNBC.com. “His memory too, will remain in my heart forever.”
He was also very popular and he knew how to make other people laugh. “He had a beautiful sense of humor,” said Corinthian Kelly, a friend.
And he was a caring person. “His heart was always in the right place,” said Matthew Wright, a friend. “Good kid, good cadet.”
Matthew was on his way to becoming a great military leader. And although he never made it into the Air Force one thing is very clear: Matthew La Porte is a military hero.
Thank you for your commitment to serving our country, Matthew.
Matthew La Porte is one of the greatest angels in Heaven.
We miss him.
We honor him.
We love him.
We will never forget him.