Our long time member, Frank Gargano has two grandsons one in the Marines and the other a midshipman at the Naval Academy graduating this May. More on him in a later newsletter. The first grandson joined Officer Candidate Class 233 on January 4th, 2020. Let us find out about Matthew.
Matthew is 23 years old and so far has packed a lot into his life. He grew-up in Brewster, New York. He graduated from high school in 2015 and was a three sport varsity athlete in football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year he was made “Captain” of the school's football, basketball and Baseball teams!
From there he entered college before joining the Marines. There Matt graduated Cum Laude with Major in Finance, Minor in Engineering. If that was not enough to perk ones ears up, he did this after four full years as a member of the Lehigh University Division I football team as a wide receiver and as a “Special Teams Player.”
But, let us see what other athletic honors Matt has received along the way. After the past season ended, where he appeared in all 11 games contributing primarily on special teams, Matt was awarded the Football Senior Award. “The Scholar-Athlete Award” is given to the student-athlete that exemplifies the ideal scholar-athlete. He was also a multi-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a finance major.
After the splendid and excelling time at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Matt began working for Moody’s Investor Services in New York City after graduation until he was selected for Officer Candidate School. And off he went to Quantico and Brown Field for the officer school . Yes, he had to call a Staff Sgt., “Sir.”
After all the Marine training as a member of Delta Company, 1st Platoon, Matthew went on to be chosen as “Candidate Platoon Commander” to Lead his Platoon for Graduation Parade. Being a “Platoon Commander” should not really be a surprise as you saw how he excelled at Lehigh University.
Of course his Grandfather Frank Gargano had to be there to see Matthew graduate Officer’s Candidate School, on March 14th, 2020 and receive his commission 65 years after Frank! Unfortunately, after traveling to attend, the graduation ceremony was closed to the public due to the Covid 19 virus. However, Matthew was able to see his family that evening to celebrate at home where he was pinned by his Grandfather Frank Gargano . This was an especially memorable experience for both 2nd Lt. Matthew Gargano as well as his grandfather Marine Frank.
Matthew is currently attending TBS at Camp Barrett in Quantico where he's being taught how to be an Officer in the Marines.
Grandpa Frank and grandma Cecillia are very proud of Matt and they should be. I see stars in his future if he wants to venture that road. We might be looking at a future “boss of USMC bosses.” One never knows.