Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Holloway

21, of Fulton, Texas.
Holloway died from injuries received as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Corpus Christi, Texas. Died on January 13, 2005.

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"God Bless you Matt. Missing you and LCpl Rodriguez. Always thinking of you and your family."
LtCol R.S. Rodriguez of Rio Grande Valley, Texas

""They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the Sun and in the morning, we will remember them.""
Nicholas A. Holloway of Great Rollright, England

"Matt was a real MARINE thru and thru....the day he paid the price for all of us he got us out of a tight spot.....two humvees stuck in the wadi with new threats approaching he managed to free his vehicle, which then freed my humvee.....i was in the turret on the machine gun and he saved me from being a sitting target. Matt never thought about anything more than moving forward. Not all of us went home that day but only 2 of us went home as angels..... Matthew Holloway and Rodrigo Rodrguez Velasco they took the sword for us all that day.... I really thought that i would have my chance to revenge my ping pong loss! We will never forget you Matt brothers in arms forever Semper Fi....."
Lcpl Johnston of Helotes, TX

"Matt was a great friend and person not selfish, but just a simple guy who cared for his country,family and friends. May his memory everlast all of us for his bravery outlasted us all. I'll love ur forever matt like a brother. I looked up to you as you inspired many people with ur kind heart man u rest in peace my brotha luv ya man!"
Purma of Houston/Texas

"To the family of:Matthew W. Holloway
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"To the Holloway Family,

My name is Juan R. Longoria. I was with Mathew when he died. Turns out I'm going to be a father for the first time. Its a boy. I am naming my son in memory of Mathew. I'll never forget him. I miss you Mat. Semper Fi Devil Dog!"
SGT. Juan R. Longoria Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas

"hi, I did not know this soldier, and I do not know what he did or how he died, but as a current junior in a high school in a texas AFJROTC, I have been assigned to learn about this soldier and represent his name and a little bit about him on a card to be posted along with many others on the run for the fallen. I plan on learning as much as I can about him, and I hope that I represnt him well, because he represnted all of america so bravely, and he is a hero to all of us, even to those of us who didnt even know him."
Sarah Yasi of Cedar Park, TX

"January 10, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Holloway:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Matthew, I will never forget you and the funny stories you would tell to try to make me laugh. I will always cherish the memories of you, my brother Kyle, and I playing video games and making lots of noise in our neighborhood. You are still admired for your remarkable fishing and outdoor skills! Also, I will never forget about the time when you and my brother defended me from that mean kid that tried to push me down when we were 10. You made me very proud that day, and I am still proud of you to this day for defending our country! You truly are an American Hero! Thank you so much! Your friend since the 3rd grade,"
Candice of Brackettville, TX

"Miss you brother......"
Sgt Hernandez of Texas

"My only regret is that I didnt get to take more time to get to know mat more as a man than as a marine.I miss him every time I look in my young marines faces I see abit of him in all of there smiles or frowns.He inbodied what is known as a marine.He was brave fierce and lord knows stubborn in his ways but as stated a Marine.In closing I hope that thru my time in the corps I can amount to the marine he was if only even a half.Matthew we miss ya man and we show up every jan 13th to have a smoke in your honor as if you needed to know about that but anyways we think of ya often and wonder about you more."
Sgt Wages Daniel A USMC of Fallbrook,CA/USA

"Matt was a great kid, and a I'm sure a fine Marine. As a Marine myself it pain's me to see a brother go down in combat, it makes it worse when you grew up knowing them. This is indeed a shock to me but I am more than proud to have known such a fine young man. To his parents who are such wonderful and caring people, I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of a grateful country and Corps they died to protect.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Semper Fidelis old friend, I'll see you at the barracks in heaven.

Respectfully Submitted,"
Jacob Puda of Brackettville,TX

"Matthew Wayne Holloway was a great man and a good marine who gave his life for his country and its ideals, he fought to protect all of us. He was a patriot, a Son to two wonderful Americans, Shirley and Wayne, a Brother to Mike and Brian, and he was a Friend, the best type, he was my best friend. I will never forget matt, my heart and my love goes out to his parents, his brothers and the rest of his family, nothing can ever heal or fix what has happen to them. I want to say thank you to matt, the other heros who lost thier lives, and the many other service man out there fighting right now, as well to thier families, it is people like them that are the heart and soul of america, and i am forever in his debt and yours. God Bless the Holloway family and all the other service man."
Joshua A. Verstuyft of Corpus Christi, TX

"To the Holloway Family,

Your son is a true hero. My friend had told me about your son and I found this website before I had left for the Air Force. It kinda hit me hard because we have the same name. I can't even imagine what you have gone thru. I hope you know that your son that will always be with you and that I see him as a true hero.

Matt Holloway of Porterville, California

"to shirley, wayne and the entire Holloway family, you know our thoughts of our hero Matt, God Bless you and our prayers are always with you, Terry, Gary, & Joshua Verstuyft
terry verstuyft of rockport, Texas U.S.A.

"I have a special request. My son Kyle Ingram and Matthew Holloway were childhood best friends. My son Kyle just found out last month that Mathew had been killed last year, it was devastating to him...
Two weeks later my son Kyle had a baby boy, out of respect to his childhood friend he named his son Matthew, in honor of Matthew Holloway... I have tried to contact Matthews parents, but could not locate them. I thought they would like to know about Kyle's baby's name sake, and also Kyle would like to talk to them about Matthew, Kyle needs some answers to what happen... I hope there is someone who can get this message to them?

Penny Loewen
936 Richmond St
The Dalles Or 97058"
Penny Loewen of The Dalles Oregon

"In memory of such a great friend. Matthew, you will never be forgotten. My prayers and deepest condolences to your family."
Lance Davis of Moody AFB, Ga

"God bless you Matt and your family.Your truly a hero brother."
Lcpl Jared Holloway of Cape Girardeau, Missouri

"God Bless this fine young man. Texas will always honor & remember our heroes. I too lost a good friend who was a Marine in Iraq, but their deaths were not in vain, a nation is now free thanks to them and their sacrifice.
Semper Fi."
SFC John C. Holloway of El Paso, Texas

"Matthew was a great Marine who died a hero, and will be always be our hero. I lost my boyfriend also who was a great marine, and in the same unit as Matthew and together they are two great heroes."
Kasey of Shreveport, LA

"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 hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


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

"To Matthew's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Matthew W. Holloway,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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 "

"Thank you Matthew for your brave actions in defending America from those who wish to destroy it. By taking the fight to those cowards who ambush and run you have made your nation proud. You will be remembered each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Matthew Holloway, 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 Lance Cpl. Matthew Holloway:
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 Lance Cpl. Matthew Holloway:
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