DeRuyter Carries Fallen Marine's Navy Cross
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
For several weeks now, Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter has carried Sgt. Matthew Abbate's Navy Cross with him. The Navy Cross is the second highest honor a marine can receive, and it was awarded posthumously to the former Buchanan high student, who died in Afghanistan in 2010. Abbate's parents asked DeRuyter to carry the Navy Cross because of the way the Bulldogs exemplified trust and love on the field, much like their son.