Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Matthew A. Webber

23, of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Webber died in the Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq, on November 21, 2005. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Saginaw, Michigan. Died on April 27, 2006.

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"I had the honor of knowing Sgt Matthew Webber as he was my first team leader as I started my career in the army in the Michigan national guard. You were a great inspiration and tought me so much before I transfered down to the Louisiana national guard. Sgt Webber I thank you for everything you have done for me. And have been in 3 different deployments since your sacrifice fighting for a great NCO and a great mentor. You will never be forgotten and prayers still continue to go out to your family."
Spc. Parish of Alexandria Louisiana

"Thinking of you and your family today Matt. May God Bless you and keep you always. You are very loved and appreciated for all you did for us! God Bless."
C.Johnston of Stanwood, MI

"Matthew was an amazing person. I had the honor of knowing matt while in college, and he was a person that loved life like no other. Although not a fan of the war Matt followed his sworn duty to fight for our freedom, and those of neighbors he did not know. He paid the ultimate price, and for that I cannot not ever forget him. Thank You Matthew Webber for all you have done for me."
T.K. of Kalamazoo, mi

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Matthew A. Webber:
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

"May God bless your family with peace in your hearts knowing that Matt was a guiding example for all he came in contact with. His bright smile and encouraging words will forever be engrained in my mind. Every morning run is full of happy thoughts of high school cross country and track and all the friends that shared this special passion with Matt. For some reason my mind always comes back to Matt during a hard run. I just want you to know that Matt will never be forgotten and though his life was short it was full of happiness. Love and prayers."
Danielle Amo (Bloomfield) of Rochester HIlls, MI

"To the family of:Matthew A. Webber 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"

"*land of the free ~ because of the brave*

to matt webber... our friend, our hero - love, and in our hearts, always-
*10.30.82 ~ 4.27.06*"
Courtney of Clinton Twp, MI

"On this day I hope your memories are of the good times, the happy times. You know he was a friend and brother in arms, my workout partner an a grand soldier. I know he's not forgotten, I pray you do as well."
SSG Plaxton, Jeremy of Lansing, MI

"To Matts family and friends.

I only knew Matt for a few short years, while we were in college together. However, in that breif time we became close friends, fraternity brothers, and some nights roomates, when he would sleep on my couch or me on his.

Although I only new for a moment, I will never be able to forget Matt and who he was. In all honesty, I have never met any single person who has lived life better than Matt did. Every day was a new adventure and a reason to celebrate. All who knew him realized what a honest, nice, and decent person he really was. I know when some one passes away people tend to say wonderful things in thier memory but any one who has ever met Matt knows that all of those things were 100% true.

He was taken from us far too soon. I guess it is true that only the good die young. I will try to live my life for Matt and try to live up to the high standards that he set.

Until we meet again.

Joe M of Chicago, IL

"I seen this quote and I felt it fit quite well for matt...
"And when he gets to Heaven,
To Saint Peter he will tell.
One more Soldier reporting sir,
I've served my time in hell."
Colton Bowen of Stanwood, MI...USA

"to the Hardys and Webbers.......Matt was a great guy and im sure if you ask anybody who has meet him they will tell you the same. i know he has touched so many people with his positive attitude and sense of humor. Matt made the biggest sacrifice anyone could ever make! He will forever be missed but never forgotten!!!"
MA3 Justin Holley of Washington D.C.

"All I can say is I miss you..."
Kelly Smith of Kalamazoo, MI

"To Matt's family, Vince, Josh and Andy... Matt was probably the best person anyone could ever meet, you had the perfect son/brother, and he was a great friend of mine"
Colton Bowen of Stanwood, Michigan

"Sgt. Webber, you served your country proudly."
anonymous of anonymous

"To Matt's wonderful family I'm so glad that your son was such a great hero and I continue to pray for your family. Matt is truely a hero to me and my family. Thank you Matt
You were greatly loved Becky Y."
Becky Youmans of Flint,

"Matt, we shared many memories. I cannot put into words how much you are going to be missed. Being at your service helped me realize how many people you have affected in your life. May God be with you."
Ryan Doorn of Greenville, MI USA

"Our Journey here is almost over, your memory will forever be in my heart and soul.3RPB forever"
CPL. James Jolley of Habbinyah,Iraq//Edmore Mi.

"matt you will forever be our heroe and you will never be forgotten"
family of ssgt. james yarrington of big rapids, michigan

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

"Thank you Matthew Webber, 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 Sgt. Matthew Webber:
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 Sgt. Matthew Webber:
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