Largo Soldier's Widow: 'He Wanted to Be an American Hero'

Sarah Sitton hopes people will show their support at the funeral and along the roadways when the fallen American hero and Indian Rocks Christian School grad comes home most likely later this week.

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The widow of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton held their nine-month-old son Brodey at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.

Sitton, 26, died ; it was the third deployment for the Indian Rocks Christian School graduate.

Sarah Sitton wanted people to know of her continued support for the mission of the military and to let people know they are welcome at his funeral and to line the roadway when his body is transported back to Largo from MacDill Air Force Base.

Sarah smiled at times as she shared her admiration and love for her husband. Sitton loved being a sniper and a ranger.

"I want people to know I still support the military ... I can't be angry at the military or anything. It is what he chose to do," Sarah said. "He wanted to be an American hero when he died."

Sarah got teary-eyed at other times and clutched a set of dog tags her husband made for her.  

"Every day is a new struggle. It feels like you are getting told every day what's happened. ... People ask me what I am going to do now. For now I am just getting by each day," Sarah said.

Sarah is still very patriotic. In 2009 the Sittons even got married on her favorite holiday, the Fourth of July. Sitton deployed most recently in February and was due back in September. On their last Skype conversation, the family was looking forward to being together. Sitton was especially excited about taking Brodey places like the zoo and the aquarium, Sarah said.

Sitton's battalion commander, Lt. Col. Ced Carrington, regarded him as "one of the battalion's most proficient and well-trained Leaders," . The bond he developed with his team serves as a testament to how much he was loved and respected by the Troopers who served beside him."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized for Sitton. Patch will provide details when they are available.

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Charles Harbold August 09, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Thank you for your service, may God bless his family at this difficult time
Debbie Urie August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thank you for sharing with our community Matt's love for his country and Sarah's love for him. They are both true heros and have a wonderful love for God, country and each other. In future articles could you please share the following information? In Matt's honor a fund has been established to assist Sarah with Brody's future education needs. Those who wish to contribute may do so by sending a check payable to Brody Steven Sitton to UBS, 150-2nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Thank you
Kathy Saunders August 22, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Thank you Sarah and Brody for sharing your loved one's final journey with the community at large and allowing them to pay their respects to a true American Hero in person as opposed to hiding behind the veil of threatened protests and the like! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and Staff Sgt. Matthew Sitton will always be remembered for the American Hero that he is!


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