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Matthew Herbert Raible
  • In lieu of flowers donations in his memory should be made to Canine Companions for Independence, Northeast Region.
  • Canine Companions for Independence, Northeast Region
    286 Middle Island Road
    Medford, NY 11763

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“I still miss you my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Alice Stulz - Ronkonkoma, NY

“I just learned of Matts passing by not being able to reach him via phone after many phone calls to him. Concerned, I Googled his name and read the...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Anne Fieux - Orwigsburg, PA

“I met Matt and Agatha in 1995 while working in Social Security. We remained friends after I left. We would call each other and have long chats. A...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Alice Stulz - Ronkonkoma, NY

“Rest In Peace Matt , Your finally out pain. We will missed you Now, God is always with you. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Lissa Marquez - Jamaica, NY

“Mr. Matt Matthew was a tough guy , a special person, that I ever met. For years he was been sitting in his chair., he want still choose to be...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Lissa Marquez - Queens, NY

“Oh Matt, where do I even begin. Your passing has effected me enormously . You've been one of my best buddies & like a brother to me for 20 years. I...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce Daino - Douglaston, NY

“Well ol boy you beat me to the barn. It was a he'll of a ride wasn't it. I guess we both learned the hard way,don't volunteer. He'll, you know you'd...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Sgt. Ed Mathis - AR

“Matthew, I'm sorry we never met, you sound like an amazing man. Over the years we've heard about Siggys wonderful brother & we know she will miss...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Sheila Kasson - Wayside, NJ

“In May of 1968 Matt was a radio operator assigned to me, the Executive Officer of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines in Vietnam during...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Richard McConnell - NC - Friend

“I got to know Matt at our reunions and was inspired by his indomitable courage. If he ever felt sorry for himself he never showed it. Matt and his...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Joe Renaghan - Glen Cove, NY

“God bless! ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Edward Beisel - Kansas City, MO

“Corporal Raible was a rifleman in 1968. I was his company commander. He was a squared away Marine, he was smart, and he could type so the 1st...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: John Ernest - Mission Viejo, CA

“I am very sorry hearing about Matts passing. His passing is a loss to all who knew him. Semper fi Matt! Fidelis Admortum ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: David Johnson - Madera, CA

“I first met Matt in 1992 when he came to CCI for his very first Service dog. I had the pleasure and honor to continue to work with Matt for 27 years...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: ELLEN TOROP - RONKONKOMA, NY

“You will be missed my friend and Combat Bud.I enjoyed my time with you at our reunions and pushing you around Philadelphia. You are one Hell of a...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Art Riordan - Vero Beach, FL

“I was in Vietnam with Matt, but I didn't get to know him until a reunion in 2003. He and I were the only ones in wheelchairs from L company. He was...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Carl Cotton - Santee,, CA

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Matthew Herbert Raible
May 16, 1948 – October 21, 2019

Matthew was born and raised in Ridgewood, New York. He was a talented accordionist and played the oboe in his high school band. After graduating Brooklyn Technical High School in June 1966 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Besides his military training, he was taught and became fluent in Vietnamese. Subsequently he was shipped off to Viet Nam where he was severely injured in combat in May 1968, eleven days after his twentieth birthday. He spent ten years recuperating at the Bronx Veterans Hospital where he learned to drive and live independently. He went on to find an apartment in Flushing, Queens, where he lived until he died. He lived a full life as a quadriplegic graduating from St. John's University cum laude and then obtaining a position with the Social Security Administration where he worked as a Benefits Authorizer for eighteen years. He retired after his twenty years of combined military service and government employment. He unfortunately spent his retirement years fighting multiple myeloma which eventually took his life. He was, as he liked to say, "never bored."

He was a deeply religious man who found great comfort in his faith. He loved and cared for his three service dogs, Agatha, Tenny and Jason. During his lifetime he traveled to Israel and England as well as throughout the United States where he attended reunions with his Marine Corp brothers. Always up for a challenge he participated in handicapped events like downhill skiing and scuba diving. Not many people knew he was also a gifted artist. He was stubborn, strong-willed and fought until his last dying breath to live life his way.

He is survived by his sister, Siegrid Raible, and his service dog, Jason.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory should be made to Canine Companions for Independence, Northeast Region, 286 Middle Island Road, Medford, NY 11763.

Semper fi.