High ranking Uruguayan Army officers and Defense Attachés from several countries in the region attended the August 26, 2005 ceremony commemorating Uruguay's independence.
During a ceremony held at Uruguayan Army headquarters August
26, 2005, commemorating the 180th anniversary of Uruguay's
independence (August 25, 1825), the Uruguayan Army high command
awarded U.S. Army LTC Matthew D. Anderson with the distinguished
"Medalla 18 de Mayo de 1811". The medal is presented
to Uruguayan and foreign military officers for outstanding
achievement and meritorious service.
The Battle of Las Piedras of May 18, 1811,
is considered the most important victory against the Spanish
Royalist Army by Uruguayan rebel troops trying to liberate
their territory from the Spaniards.
LTC Anderson is currently serving as Army
Section Chief for the United States Office of Defense Cooperation
(ODC), at the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.