Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO Richard M. Salter

44, of Cypress, Texas.
Salter died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his Apache helicopter collided with another military aircraft in mid-air and then crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on December 26, 2005.

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I thank God everyday that he graced my life with your presence. You showed me the skills I needed to continue the fight. I know you are rooting for us up there, so I will continue the battle down here and we will see each other again after the Final War.


P.S. Every time I BBQ I remember the piece of charcoal you left on our door steps."
Anonymous Patriot of USA

"You are missed brother."
John Bailey of Sierra Vista, Az

"sorry !!!!"
tim of Uzbekistan.Tashkent

"Thinking of you today, brother..."
Aaron Olympius of Grants Pass, OR

"I just was looking thur the hero's on this web site and seen this and just went into shock, that a man I called a friend Matt was gone. The last time I seen Matt we had a beer together in Korea and was talking about old times in the cav at Fort Hood when he was a young wo1 and how we all used to have crazy times together. I will always cherish those memories about him Rest in peace Matt for I know heaven is a brighter place with you there. Till we all meet again."
Brian Edwards of Racine, WV

"Mr. Salter and I served together in Korea fielding the Longbows from 2001-2002. He was a very respected soldier whom I looked up to. Your legacy continues today in the mentorship you provided. My regards to his family. Rest in Peace Sir."
Larry Jacobs of Fort Hood, Texas

"To the family of:Richard M.Salter
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""

"I remember talking to you while you were deployed through email. I didn't know you too well, but still got to thank you for your service. Your sister told me that you were able to get back and chase momma a bit. May your children understand the gratitude that we have for your sacrifice."
Clint McCaleb of Reston, VA

"Matt I just want you to know that we raised a glass in toast to you last night at our 30th Cy-Fair Reunion....You and the other lost Bobcats are not forgotten. BFND."
John V. Armstrong of Cypress, TX

"I have only recently been told that my classmate, CW4 Matt Salter, was killed in action. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for his service or my sorrow for his family's loss. Please know Matt is not forgotten and we are praying for his family. Thank you Matt!"
Esther M.R. Henningsen of La Vernia, Texas

"I just found out of Matt's passing from a flight school friend. The news hit me hard. Matt and I went thru flight school together back in 1987/88, the last navy blue flight. Flight school wasn't easy for me, I was the nervous Nellie type always worrying about checkrides, pink slips, and washing out. Matt was always there with his arm around my shoulder encouraging me, telling me a dirty joke, and making me smile, always had his eye out for me in the early morning runs when my legs would want to give out, Matt wouldn't leave me behind. I used to hold and comfort little Gabriel so Matt and Christina could have a little time alone. We lost touch after graduation but always inquired about each other thru friends we met in the field. We ran into each other at the end of Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia at the ill fated Al Khobar towers. Matt looked good, smiling, joking, hugging me like his long lost brother. I dearly hoped that Matt was retired by now, getting fat in Texas while cooking BBQ. I got the messege you left for me with my wife when you came by the Ft.Rucker Aviation museum, I am sorry I missed you. I remember when our TAC officers told us that chances were slim that we would all make it thru our careers intact, that some of us would perish. Matt, my friend, my buddy......I am so sorry they were right. I hope when I pass over you are there to greet me and show me around, with you at my side I know I can do anything. Rest in peace amigo."
CW3 Fred Zayas,Ret. of Enterprise, Alabama

"Matt, I remember when you showed up at the unit as a timid, scared WO1. I still remember playing connect the dots with your freckles and a permanent marker while you were asleep. You never know what Cav soldiers are gonna do. I miss you my friend."
SFC (Retired) Tim Settle of Corpus Christi, Texas

"December 21, 2008
To the family of CWO Richard M. Salter:
Richard 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

"To the love of my life and the father of my children...here I sit nearly 3 years later and I still miss you terribly, know that you will never be forgotten...as long as there are stories to tell and new people to tell them to you will always be alive in our hearts. Until we meet again my love...I will love you always."
Janet of Texas

"I was a child the last time I saw Matt but I remember him dearly! I can see him still standing beside my Dad's beat up old horse trailer telling my Dad (Mike Gaston) that this horse was not going to stay. (My dad was always coming up with some wild plans. Sometimes they worked and others...well were not so lucky.) The plan was not going to work. Then his familar "Awe Man" came out and we all would begin to laugh almost hysterically as we noticed that Matt was right. The plan did not work as the horse fell out of the trailer.

Matt, I wish that I could have seen you more. I always repected and admired you.

You will be remembered!"
Angela L. of Cleveland, TX

"Our thoughts and prayers continue for Matt's family. I was stationed with Matt in Korea and had to smile when I read the comments by Chris Hyde...they were right on. Matt was a natural comedian, I can still remember several hilarious stories he had told. He would literally attract a crowd, what a natural leader. Matt was also one of the Army's finest aviators and instructor pilots.
He will surely be missed but never forgotten! God bless his family!"
Joe Sandbakken of Lebanon, PA

"Matt, it has been over two and a half years now that you have been gone. I miss you every single day. Know, little brother, that I am keeping the last promise I made you. Janet and all the kids are doing well, and Jarrett graduates from High School on Saturday...I'll be there watching for you. I love you Bubba

Yo' sisto'
Sara Salter Ward of Cyoress, TX

"Matt and I went to flight school together and served together at Fort Hood as WOJGs during our first assignment there. I ran into him several times later in our careers and have great respect for Matt and his easy humor. I know he's missed by many. Sorry you went out the way you did, but happy you were doing what you loved."
CW4 (Ret) Daniel R. Zimmermann of Madison, AL

"Love ya brother and miss ya even more. Hope you and Chuck are having a great time with daddy."
Nanner of Baghdad

"Matt and I served together in Korea in 1995. He was not in my company, but I grew to have an immediate respect for this man. He was funny as hell, but so professional at the same time. He knew when it was GO TIME. I know he was a good family man. I just knew from the way he treated others. I'm sorry for your loss. If you ever need anything, my email is: chydefly@yahoo.com.

God bless his soul. No one deserves gods blessing more than Matt Salter. I hope he can hear all of this, so he knows how much we loved him.

Chris Hyde"
Chris Hyde of Nashville

It seems like only yesterday that you had your arms wrapped around our family, supporting and loving us through our loss. It was a comfort that only you could provide. News of your death was hard to bear. We loved you as part of our family and will remeber you as a hero. Tell Chuck to keep the coffee fresh... we're looking forward to having a cup with the two of you in a little while."
The Fortenberrys of Woodville, Texas

"Matt, you were my best friend, and when the time is right, I'll see you on the other side. I miss you brother."
CW3 Gary Rubianes of Taji, Iraq

"My condolences go to Rich's family and friends. We went to A&M together and ended up at Rucker together. Aggie's stick together! Know that he was where he wanted to be and is now watching over all of us.

God Bless"
A.Dahl of Texas

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God's strength provide you with guidance and courage as you face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Richard will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Richard Salter, 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 CWO Richard Salter:
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 Richard 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 CWO Richard Salter:
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 Richard, 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