Updated: Jun 1, 2022
CAPTAIN MATTHEW P. MANOUKIAN
FEBRUARY 22, 1983 – AUG. 10, 2012 1ST MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS BATTALION – HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Matt Manoukian is the son of Wine Country Marines Board Member - Socrates "Pete" Manoukian and Patricia Manoukian. The Manoukian Family, led by Brother Mike and Cousin Emma have worked together to present Resolution 151 in the California Legislature which would designate 5 miles on Highway 280 as:
"The Captain Matthew Patrick Manoukian Memorial Highway."
The Resolution unanimously passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee and unanimously passed out of the Assembly. It is now in the Senate Transportation Committee and we are asking the community to send letters of support to aid in the passing of this, so that Captain Matt Manoukian's name shall be remembered by the Grateful Nation that he so loved and died serving.
You may write your own letter, and send it to:
The Honorable Lena A. Gonzalez
Senate Transportation Committee
State Capitol, Room #405
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SUPPORT ACR 151 (Berman) - Captain Matthew Patrick Manoukian Memorial Highway
Or, you can download this sample, and modify it as you wish:
If you wish to read the text of the resolution, it can be downloaded here:
Questions and copies of your letters can be directed via email to Mike or Emma Manoukian: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Captain Matt Manoukian:
Born in Santa Clara, CA, a native of Los Altos Hills, CA, and a 2001 graduate of Saint Francis High School, Captain Matthew Manoukian joined the Marine Corps in January 2006 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
He was originally an Infantry Officer, attended the Assessment and Selection Course and Individual Training Course, and was assigned to 1st MSOB in March 2010. Capt. Manoukian was a 1st Degree Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
He deployed in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In the early morning hours of Aug. 10 at the Village Stability Platform in Puzeh, following a meeting with local Afghan officials, a rogue local Afghan dressed in a police uniform opened fire on the team’s leadership killing Capt. Manoukian, his Team Chief and their EOD technician.
Capt. Manoukian’s personal decorations include the Navy Cross awarded posthumously in January of 2014, two Purple Hearts, two Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.