|While serving as the battalion surgeon for a Marine unit from January to September 2005 in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, Dr. Matthew Gratton was responsible for the health and well-being of 1,700 Marines, sailors and Iraqi soldiers. |
During his deployment, Gratton provided specialized medical care to more than 1,000 patients, and organized material and personnel support for more than 500 Iraqi army personnel.
In addition, Gratton provided trauma care to the battalion's 345 troops wounded in action, 150 of whom were in critical condition and had to be evacuated. On Aug. 28, 2006, Gratton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.