Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino, 34, of Hudson
Pucino, 34, a Hudson native who had been living in Maryland, was conducting a combat patrol in the Pashay Kala region of Afghanistan when his all-terrain vehicle was struck. He died on Nov. 23, 2009. Pucino enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a Special Forces candidate, went on to complete the qualifications course, and earned the coveted Green Beret as an engineer sergeant. He was awarded and was rewarded decorations including a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, and Global War on Terrorism Service medals.