Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 2nd Lt. Matthew R. Stovall

25, of Horn Lake, Mississippi.
Stovall died in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 367th Maintenance Company, 298th Corps Support Battalion, Philadelphia, Mississippi. Died on August 22, 2004.

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"Still think of the Stovall family and reflect upon the great Leader Matt was. He will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched, especially the Soldiers who have served with him. RIP to a Warrior, a Leader and a friend."
MAJ Brian Donahue of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"Matthew: The day you died is a day I refuse to forget. Your memory lives on through my fond memory of you. I remember racing with you to the Company TOC to get your convoy information the morning before your platoon departed LSA Diamondback. Hearing of your death was numbing for all of us in the HQ section not to mention the men you led who loved you the most. I, along with your platoon had the honor of saying goodbye to you before they shipped you home. EVERY Memorial day I speak aloud your name and Dave Hartman's as well. Remember, as a soldier, we never say goodbye, we say "I'll see you later!""
Dragon 38 of Round Lake Park , IL

"It has been so many years since I saw him smile and heard him laugh. 1LT Stovall was once my soldier as an E4 92A and then became one of the officers I had the honor of serving with in MOSUL Iraq. He loved his wife and son with all his might and I continue to keep them in my prayers. He was a fine Officer and a great Soldier. He ansered the call to duty with a passion that is hard to find. God bless him and may God continue to keep him in his arms. I miss you Matt, you will never be forgotten, it was truley an honor serving with you in the 367th Maint Co."
SSG Cruz of Killeen, TX

"I just wanted to take the time to say how greatful i am for what matthew did. I am sorry for your lose."
MATTHEW R. STOVALL of BROWNWOOD TX

"Sir, I was one of the guys that came to help you and your driver out. The Doc used every bit of skill he had to help you and the crews transported you as quickly as possible. I wish we could have gotten there before you; maybe things would have been different. Even after all these years, I remember everything as if it was yesterday. I am very proud of the effort my guys put forth, but very sad with the result.
Rest easy LT."
Stryker Guys

"To My Friend, I sat right in front of you in TOBC and I will never forget you."
CPT James Proctor Jr. of Waldorf, MD

"Lt. Stovall... It's been awhile since I heard his voice. I miss my mentor, my leader, my friend. You will be missed."
SGT Christian A. Libecki of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"July 10, 2008
To the family of 2nd Lt. Matthew R. Stovall:
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

"I grew in philadelphia I new people who went to school with him and people who grew up with him I also attended his memorial main street parade I have never seen such a display of love for our fallen and also for him he was a great guy thats all I have to say"
cade yates of pisgah high school

"To the family of:Matthew R. Stovall 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"

"Lt Stovall....wow! Led us up from Kuwait through Iraq, some close calls, but got up to our base safely. With all the fears and worries I had during the time in Iraq...Lt Stovall was just so kind to take the time and get to know you and answer your questions with as much truth as he could. You are greatly missed, your are a very respected man, I was not there for your attack; your tour was a little longer than ours, but the impact was just as strong when word hit home. I miss you and pray that you know you are always in our hearts and greatly missed. You are a true American Soldier and a Hero to me."
STL of USA

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

""You're Gone but not Forgotten!!
Thanks for the sacrifice you made for this country.. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and may God grant you comfort during this time of loss."
Jessica Walker of Southaven, MS

"We remember your sacrifice every day Sir and we continually pray for your family. Tally-ho"
A-Team of 401st TC Battle Creek Mi

"Hey Lt, I know we didn't know eachother very well, but you led my AF brothers and I up from Kuwait to Mosul. You made us feel more at ease every step of the way. I saw you a number of times at the DFAC and talked to you a couple times on the road when we passed eachother. It was always nice to know someone like you was out there if we needed. I think about you every day. Tomorrow makes one year since we lost Dustin down by Bayji. I remember seeing you at his memorial service. I really appreciated the fact that you and several others showed your respect by being there. You are a great man; I will engage the first person to say otherwise. I am teaching more AF truckers to head over today. It's really hard because a number of them were with us in Mosul. Hate to think of them going back without me. Please watch over them. Thanks,
Strike Eagle 22 Out"
Daniel Andrews of 494 AEF / TC

"Damn Brother, I am sorry for scaring you in the BMW and I am thankful that we drank the beers(cause we needed to get away with Mike and Chill). That snake in OCS scared me too and I have never eaten an MRE on a fallen tree before to avoid a snake:). I Love you and will Charge your spirit on. Always remember what they stopped us from doing in OCS. You are always my M.F.I.O.(they figured out that we meant Muther *ing Inspiration Officer instead of military field, like we said) We tried and won. I love you and wish I had taken your place. you are worth it Brother. I am flying now Bro-Aviation All the Way. Take a ride man"
Scott"Duck" Duckworth of Jackson, MS

"Matt was in my OBC class in the summer of 2002, and will always be remembered for his upbeat attitude and the ability to keep us all loose and having a good time. He will truly be missed."
CPT Jordan Steele of Kaiserslautern, Germany

"To Uncle buck and Aunt Ellen
My prayers are with you everyday, and I know that our family will heal knowing that Matt is in Heaven"
Shanna Stovall of Grand Bay, Al

""To our hero...
There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.... You have touched so many lives and left us to soon. God bless.""
Michelle Furhman of Lebanon, Pa

"To the family of Matthew,
Matthew was truly a hero. I thank God for him when I celebrate this Memorial Holiday. May God help you in all the days ahead."
Glenda Townsend of Philadelphia, MS

"I am very sorry to hear about Mr. Matthew Stovall.I was told he died in Iraq a few days ago after I met somebody from Philadelphia,MS. The news hit me in the heart.I went through basic training with him in the summer of 1997 with the Misissippi Buddy Platoon. I can tell you that we became good buddies. I haven't seen him since but I can assure you he was a fine soldier.I wish I could have been there by his side or his back.I would have given my life for him because I know he would have done the same.That belief comes from being in the foxholes with him during bivouac in basic training.To the family of Mr. Stovall,I deeply regret your loss and may your memory of him stay in the highest part of your mind because that is something good to live by.Be proud of him because I surely am.May GOD bless him and his entire family forever !"
Marcus Castaneda of Brandon,MS U.S.A.

"What up doc. Brother i think about you everday. I thank about all the times(some where good, some where bad). It was hard when you where gone. When you died, part of myself died with you. I dont know how i was not right there with you when it happened. It was hard to roll out without you. Evertime Chuck and myself rolled out after you where gone, it was for you. So i will say it one last time for you,(look out the big dogs are comeing through) RIP DOC."

"Hey Sir, I'm so sad now that your gone. It was great to have someone to talk with about sports and Jerome.. Thanks for everything that you have done and your going to be very missed by many.. Much love. God took you too sooon but you will live on with all of us."
Spc Furhman,Mary of Lebanon,Pa

"Lieutenant Stovall, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"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. 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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in AZ

"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 of Matthew,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Matthew is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"No greater love hath a man than to give his life for his friends. You gave your all for us and our country."
R. Graham of Mississippi

"Thank you Matthew Stovall, 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 Stovall:
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 Stovall:
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