Matthew was born in the US, his mother Linda is a New Zealander and his father, Mario is American. Two of his siblings were born in New Zealand and Mathew held dual New Zealand citizenship.
He spent a lot of time in New Zealand particularly visting his grandparents, his grandfather Bruce also served.
He graduated Torrance’s South High in 2001 and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2005 ninth in his class.
Matthews three brothers are also serving in the US Military. One is based in Thailand, another in California and the youngest is currently at West Point.
His sister Simone Carmichael, competed for New Zealand in the Fifa Women’s World Soccer Cup in China in September and plays for the Ajax America soccer club.
Matthew was five months into his year long deployment in Afghanistan when his patrol was ambushed.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds sustained when their patrol was attacked by direct fire from enemy forces in Aranus, Afghanistan, on Nov 9. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.
1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, 24, of Torrance, Calif., who died Nov. 9 in Aranus.
Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, 23, of Parker, Kan., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus.
Spc. Sean K. A. Langevin, 23, of Walnut Creek, Calif., who died Nov. 9 in Aranus.
Spc. Lester G. Roque, 23, of Torrance, Calif., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus.
Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour, 21, of Swartz Creek, Mich., who died Nov. 10 in Aranus.