Adam Peter Mattos, 33

Nov 4, 2023

Adam Peter Mattos, 33, of Fort Liberty, North Carolina died unexpectedly on September 25, 2023.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he was the son of Heidi Mattos and the late Raymond P. Cabral, III.

Adam grew up in Wareham, Marion and Mattapoisett.  He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 2008.  In 2009, he became an EMT licensed in Massachusetts.

Soon after, he enlisted with the military.  He became an impeccable US Army soldier who was employed for 13 years with the military and was currently a Staff Sargeant with the Bush Hog Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) unit as an Arabic linguist and Signals Intelligence officer.  Adam deployed four times overseas during his career.

Within the Special Forces unit, he was known for his exemplary intelligence, his impeccable work ethic and huge heart.  He would be the first to welcome new soldiers into the unit; to help other soldiers study for important testing; and was a caring friend, always available to lend a listening ear or helping hand to anyone who was in need.

His Group Commander included in his letter to his mother, “You can be justifiably proud of Adam’s accomplishments and the longstanding impact he will have on our unit.”

His Battalion Commander wrote to his mother, “Adam represented the best and brightest of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps and his selfless service to our country over the past thirteen years is deeply appreciated by this Commander and the United States Army.

He is described in a letter from his Company Commander to his mother as a soldier who “went above and beyond in everything he did and was among the smartest and most conscientious soldiers I have ever met.  He was an integral member of the Headquarters Support Company team, and his tireless work ethic enabled many successful missions of the Special Forces Battalion.  He was a true professional who gave all his effort to those around him, and the world was truly a better place with Adam in it.”

Adam especially enjoyed spending quality time with his daughter, Ariana. They enjoyed bowling and going on hiking trips together where they would learn about nature. They would spend evenings before bedtime reading from a children’s encyclopedia as Adam believed that children should be taught important subjects from a young age, applicable to the world we presently live in to properly prepare them for their adult lives and the world they would inhabit.  Ariana is also an avid artist so they would color and create artwork together.  They were in the process of writing a book together about family love when he passed.   

He also enjoyed gaming; reading, researching, learning and debating about subjects of interest; riding his motorcycle and he was an avid fan of the New England Patriots.

Back home in Massachusetts, he is remembered by high school friends as a true friend that reached back through the years to ensure that they were well and helped them at stressful times in their lives to continue to stay positive and keep moving forward toward their life goals.

He is remembered by his family as a very smart, kind, quiet guy with a great smile and sense of humor.  He will be deeply missed.

He leaves behind his dear daughter, Ariana Nicole Mattos of Texas; his beloved mother, Heidi Mattos of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts; his beloved sister, Kendall Silverstein of Maryland and her husband Joey; his 101 year old grandfather, Dennis Mattos of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts – a US Army veteran of WWII; his nephew Ethan and niece Amara of Maryland; his many cousins in the New England area and his dear friends in the Special Forces unit at Fort Liberty, North Carolina. 

He was predeceased by his beloved father, Raymond Paul Cabral III – a US Army soldier; beloved grandmother, Jean Grace Mattos, beloved great grandmother, Blanche Naeyaert and many fondly remembered aunts and uncles.

Services were held at the John F. Kennedy Chapel at Fort Liberty, North Carolina.

He was laid to rest at a graveside service at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia.