Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army 2nd Lt. Matthew S. Coutu

23, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Coutu died in Baghdad, Iraq, when enemy forces engaged his convoy with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on June 27, 2005.

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"I go to school with Matt's brother. On Veterans day, he brought in a picture of his brother in his uniform and they look A LOT alike. Sorry to the Coutus for your loss. RIP Matthew Coutu"
? of NH

"It was not your time."
2LT Blake Bugaj of FOB Warhorse, Iraq

"I am with Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County, IL. On May 22, 2009 at 12:00pm, a Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. A brick with Army 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu's name and rank has been donated in his honor. If you would like to attend the ceremony, please contact me at veterans@lakecountyil.gov and I will send you more information.

Thank you."
Sherry Kruse of Waukegan, IL

"May 31, 2008
To the family of 2nd Lt. Matthew S. Coutu:
Matthew gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Dearest Family and Friends,
I knew Matt personally and professionally. He was the best Platoon Leader I've had the priveledge to serve under, and to this day, continue to look upon him for guidance and direction. I too, like may others, where a KIA bracelet with Matt's name on it, and have yet to take it off...not even when going through airport security. Even without the bracelet, I would have no trouble remembering this truly humble young soldier. Matt was whole heartedly dedicated to not only his soldiers, but all of those with whom he served. Matt was the type of person who would stop what he was doing, no matter how significant, to help someone else in need; the kind of guy you could look to in extremely stressfull times for a smile of reassurance. Professionalism was in his nature, but friendship was in his soul. His family, unit, country and friends are at a tremendous loss. Even so, I know Matt would want us to pick up our heads and fight through the tears of sorrow with a smile of rememberance. While we approach the 2 year mark of Matt's untimely death, I want the family to know that his soldiers still think about Matt, and hold a very dear place in our hearts for him.

SGT Charles Matheson
Former 64th MP CO
"WOLFPACK" for Life"
Charles Matheson of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"I WENT TO ADVANCE CAMP WITH MATT IN 2003, HE WAS IN MY PLT, AND ENDED UP BEING THE TOP CADET.. I USE TO CALL HIM "DR EVIL", BECAUSE HE LOOKED LIKE THE GUY FROM AUSTIN POWERS. IT HARD TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT HE IS GONE. HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND ALWAYS JOKED AROUND. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM, ESPECIALLY WHEN I OPEN UP A MRE AND SEE THE CANDY "CHARMS", WHICH WAS HE FAVORITE THING TO EAT AT CAMP!!"
SHANITA TOWNSEND of FOB TREBIL, IRAQ

"to the family of matt coutu we the coutus in gulf breeze,fla will always remmber this young man and for what he has given us"
mark coutu of gulf breeze,fla USA

"To the family and loved ones of 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu. Today I recieved a present from a friend, it was a KIA bracelet with his name on it. I want you to know I am wearing it proudly and I do respect and pray for the family and loved ones. He will never be forgotten."
Brianne Wilson of Rock Hill, SC, USA

"To Matthew's family I send my deepest sympathy, I know what you are going through and I feel your pain. Your son is a hero and I will always be proud of him, he fought the good fight for us all. Matthew is watching us from Heaven, he is still on duty keeping us safe from a distance. We will surely miss this young man but never forget him. He is buried with my son John (buddy) who was killed in action on July 5,2004 and Buddy will keep a watch over him. If there is anything I can do please let me know. My prayers are with you and our children. I pray God ends this war soon and brings all our children home safe."
Dotti Arsenault of West Warwick, RI 02893

"3/19/2005 LT Coutu, I was glad to have the honor of being at ROTC up at UMO in Maine while you were there. I knew you were a class behind myself and for the short amount of time I spent up there in Orono, I always remember how you used to inspire everyone around along with how you inspired me. It is a horrible loss that you are one of the fallen leaders, and I always used to remember how I always thought you would always do so well with your career. You touched everyone's lives around you. For myself, you make the 3rd Person that I have personally known to have fallen and given the ultimate sacrife for your country in this time of need and help for others. I know at this moment in time, I myself am preparing to go overseas with my soldiers in the next few months. I pray for our success and hope that we can make a diffence. LT Coutu, I will always stand by you here and in the life after, you will be missed as always.

Your friend, and fellow student,

Philip Doll
2LT, TC
220th TC (POL)"
of Waterville, Maine, USA

"Dear Matthew's Family and Friends, I wish to extend my sincere condolence on your loss of Matthew. He is a true American Hero, who will always be remembered. May God Bless all of you, and know that Matthew is safe with God right now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Matthew will be honored along with 300 other Rumson Veterans in our 1945-2005 Veterans monument in Victory Park.
He will never be forgotten."
Paul Sniffen of Rumson, NJ

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Matthew will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Matthew's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To Christopher's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"LT. MATTHEW S. COUTU YOU HAVE SERVED YOUR COUNTRY FOR ALL AMERICAN'S. YOU MAD HAVE GIVEN YOUR LIFE, NOT IN VAIN SIR! YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY............TO THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR MILITARY FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, THOSE IN IRAQ AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. ALL THIS HARD ON EVERYONE. YET, YOU ANSWERED YOUR CALLING IN LIFE. TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. TO BE A LEADER, TO DIRECT, SAFEGUARD AND TRAIN YOUR SOLDIER'S. AN IN THE END FOUGHT WITH THEM. THE HARDEST THINGS IS LOSING A LOVE ONE, AND ONE TO WAR! AN FOR ALL THOSE THAT KNEW YOU LT. MATTHEW S. COUTU, ALL KNOW YOU MADE AMERICA AND THE WORLD ALOT SAFER TODAY SINCE 911. I REALIZE YOU HAD NOT KNOWN OUR SON GREGORY. I AM EXTREMELY, THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL. THAT ONE YOU SERVED ALONG SIDE OF HIM. YOU ARE BOTH TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN. AN YOUR MISSION IS CLEAR. TO SEE IN SOME WAY OUR FAMILY WILL HEAL. LT., YOU ARE MORE THEN A SOLDIER, YOUR A HERO! I REMEMBERED YOU TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Personally I didnt know 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu, but our son knew
him and is in the same company. He told us what an awesome man he was that really cared about his soldiers. Our son was greatly sadden to hear of this. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and his soldiers of 64th MP Co. Lt. Coutu is a hero that gave the ultimate sacrifice and will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family."
Jeff and Susan Zick of Oregon

"Thank you Matthew Coutu, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Matthew for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Matthew, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on