Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Matthew A. Wyatt

21, of Millstadt, Illinois.
Wyatt died from injuries received as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on December 3, 2004.

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"Matt,

Another memorial day has passed yet it has not gotten any easier. You saved my life and I'm eternally grateful. You are missed and will never be forgotten.

Semper Fi"
Matthew Hetrick of Richlands, NC

"Matt! Dude its been almost 9 years and i still cant stop thinking about that night we were hit with that IED. If if werent for you and Le I would not have lived. since then I have named my son after you and Le. I will forever miss you! i couldnt believe it when your pulse stopped in my hands.. it bugs me everyday and i truely do miss you! semper fi brother! Rest in Peace"
Jason Schreiber SGT/USMC of San Francisco, Ca USA

"Matt! Dude its been almost 9 years and i still cant stop thinking about that night we were hit with that IED. If if werent for you and Le I would not have lived. since then I have named my son after you and Le. I will forever miss you! i couldnt believe it when your pulse stopped in my hands.. it bugs me everyday and i truely do miss you! semper fi brother! Rest in Peace"
Jason Schreiber of San Francisco, Ca USA

"Matt: It has been 6 years & it seems like yesterday as it is all still so vivid in my mind. I think of you everyday & we love you. Tomorrow we will put up the gun, helmet & boots along with your picture in our front yard in memory of you. Love you & are so proud of you."
Grandma Wickell of Millstadt, Il

"To Cpl. Wyatts family.... I was blessed enough to know your son as a friend. The day my husband Bill found out he was going to Iraq, Matt was at our house with us, comforting me and letting me know everything would be ok. "Were Marines Lori, this is what we are made to do! And we have the best Marines in this battery. Don't worry!" He left the next morning to fly home for block leave. And ill never forget helping him carry one of his sea bags over from the barracks the day they got on those busses. He told me he had a woman in there, that's why it was so heavy! Lol. I am so glad to have found this page.

Lori Hall, wife of Sgt. Hall 5/10 Sierra"
Lori Hall of Toms River, NJ

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"My Name is Ryan Mechtel, I was a NCO in Tango Battery and served with Wyatt for a couple years. I am very sorry for the loss for the family and the love and prayers of myself and my family goes to each person that misses him! He was a dedicated Marine and I am a better person for having knowing him! His name and sacrafice will never be forgotten by me or my family! Thank you and Semper Fi Wyatt!"
Cpl Ryan A Mechtel USMC 2000 - 2004 of Pa

"...Happy birthday, Matt!!...."
Lauren Wyatt of Elkridge, MD

"Wyatt, thank you. We had good times at the border man... didnt think that would be the last... semper fi my brother... you truely exemplify honor and courage... gone but never forgotten, that is you bro... that is you."
Cpl. Morse 1st Platoon Fox Co. of Austin, Texas

"Matt, Well buddy what can I say....I know you did what you had to do. You were always a great friend. You were always there when we needed you for something so it doesn't surprise me you did what you had to do. We all told you you were crazy but we knew that you had marines running through your veins so we know you would take care of bussiness....I will always remember our times together with vince, ben, and everyone else. Every time we are all together I can't help but think that you should be coming up the road soon in your s10 extreme any minute. We had so many good times together its a shame it had to end so early. There is no doubt in my mind if I have a boy that I want him to be just like you thats why buddy in your honor I will name my first son after you...Its the least I could do....Your a great friend and we all miss you deeply buddy....I will see you again someday"
Wade Gibbs of Columbia, IL

"Hey Brother,
I will never forget you Matt, The day we were attacked standing next to you on your left, You did the bravest thing I've ever seen a MARINE do, You are and ever will be the most heroic person I ever meet, I wouldn't be here with my family right now if it wasn't for you Matt. Dec 3rd will always be in my mind and my heart because I will never forget what you did to save my life.

Siempre Fi"
Rayman Bailes of Carson, CA.

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Matthew A. Wyatt:
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'm sorry I didn't react sooner than I did. I'll see you soon."
V of DC

"I wear a Matthew Wyatt bracelet proudly and I too served myself in the United States Marine Corps. I got it while in the desert in 2005 and I still wear it to this day. Rest in Peace.... my condolences."
Sgt. Andrew McGinnis of Danville Illinois

"Matt,
i didnt even really know you but we were step cousins and when me and my friend zoee first seen you we thought you were so cute but even though i didnt know you very well it hit me really hard when i found out but i love ya and ur my hero!!"
Jaclyn Cozart of Millstadt IL.

"Matt,
i didnt even really know you but we were step cousins and when me and my friend zoee first seen you we thought you were so cute but even though i didnt know you very well it hit me really hard when i found out but i love ya and ur my hero!!"
Jaclyn Cozart of Millstadt IL.

"I just found this site. It deeply touched me to see how many made such positive comments about Matthew. I never knew Matthew, however, wish I would have met him. I am a cousin to his father. I was at the funeral, graveside, and the ceremony for his Bronze Star. I am retired Air Force and it prides me to see Matthew honored by each one of you. God bless each one of you, God bless you Matthew, and, God bless the U.S.A.!!!"
Jim Wyatt, USAF Retired of St Charles, MO

"To all of Matt's friends, thank you for your continued remembrance of him. His legacy and memory live on."
Lauren Wyatt of Elkridge, MD

"Happy Memorial Day Matt we all love and miss our hero!!!!"
Joe Emke (Little Bro) of Belleville, IL

"Matt I met the most amazing guy. It hurts me so bad though. I know you would have loved him. You two are almost one and the same. I really wish you coud have met him. I care a lot about him. I have been crying a lot lately because I want you to know him so bad!"

"Hey Matt,
I didn't know about this website otherwise I would have written sooner. It's still hard to believe that you are gone, I think about you everyday and your smile and how you always made me laugh. I wish we could have gotten to hang out a lot more before you left but I cherish what time I did spend with you. I wish you could be here to see my lil girl grow but I promise I will tell her all about you and that you are a hero and made the ultimate sacrifice. Your mom is so proud of you and it doesn't surprise me what an impact you made on other people. You always had an awesome personality and that's what made you, you. Miss and love you."
Amanda Severine of Belleville, IL

"Matt, you will always be in our hearts. We really miss hanging out with you. You will always be honored in our family. We miss you a lot. We love you Matt!!!!! REST IN PEACE!!!!!!!!!"
the Theis family of Millstadt, Illinois

"Hey Matt, I remember when you first came to Tango and the first thing me and Russell and Richmond thought was its about time we got some new boots in now we wont get thrashed so bad and said game on. But the more we got to know you guys We liked you all right off the bat. You guys always did what you were told without hesitation and became more squared away than your leaders. I didnt have to train you guys much because it was already in you. and I remember making fun of you one time for poison sumack because I never heard of it before. Then shortly after meeting you I went to Sierra battery and only got to see you one more time before you got shipped out. I missed your promotion and I was jeleous at first because I had been in for 3 years and hadnt picked up yet. But I felt you deserved it. I was proud and I used to tell my marines in sierra "See thats how my marines get things done" You were a good example of how to be a real Marine unlike alot around you at the time who just showed up for the pay. I wish I could have been there by your side. I just heard about your passing just recently because I have been out of touch since I got out but it bothers me every day to think he was one of my marines and to think at one time we were all invincible. It shows what we all took for granted when we complained so much. I miss you brother and I will see you on the other side."
Corporal Rippy NE of Omaha NE

"Hey Matt,

Wow, this is really hard... You are a true Hero buddy, and I miss you like crazy...That being said I would not trade one second of my time that I had with you for a million dollars even though it kills me that you are no longer here!!! As a child I could see you look at me with such respect & admiration in your eyes, man how the table has turned. Please stay close enough that I don't constantly feel your absence. I am proud of you, I miss you, I love you and I will never ever ever forget you... You own a part of my Heart & my Soul.... Until we meet again.... All my love, Carla"
Carla of Belleville, IL 62222

"Matt, I remember sitting in the back of a truck in Fuji with you and Jace , and talking for almost an hour telling jokes and laughing. I'm sorry it took me so long to send you a message. I love you man. I have a picture of you and Le hanging up in my house. I look at it every night before I go to bed. I miss the jokes brother. You always made me laugh, and I will never forget the times we had in Tango. I was in your Memorial service in Lejeune and barely made it through without breaking down. You just need to know that you are my Hero, and I love you man"
David "Skinny" Hudson, Cpl, USMC of Hickory, NC, USA

"Matt its amber your lil sis or so it feels as I was growing up you were always there I MISS U SOOOOO MUCH!Now your a hero not only 2 me but 2 alot of other people 2. I cant express how proud i am of u exspecially when I am wearing the shirt "mom" got 4 me and I can hear people talking about how awesome you are! I love u"
Amber Emke of Belleville IL

"Matt, I had to send you an Easter Message, we miss you so much Matt, it hasn't gotten any easier with time, I don't think it ever will, we think of you everyday all day long, can't believe yet that you are gone, we visit you often, & will visit you more now that the weather is nice. With all the messages & all the flowers on your grave that we do not even know where they come from, we know that you will never be forgotten by everyone & especially by your beloved family, we hope that you have a Blessed Easter up there with your Lord & your relatives & we will see you someday & know that you are waiting to welcome us with open arms. We will all be together on Easter & know that if the phone rings when we are all together I will think as I always did that that is you calling as you always did when we were all together. We love you Matt & you are always in our hearts, and missed more with every passing moment. Love from us all, Grandma & Grandpa Wickell"
Arlene Wickell of Millstadt, Il

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Matt,

It has taken me a long time to write something to you, and I apologize for not doing this sooner. I wanted to let you know that there is not a day that goes by that you are not running through my mind and sometimes I can almost hear your laugh or your impression of Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Carribbean" I have your picture that I took of you before you left for Iraq at my desk at work, knowing that you are always watching over me even though I have moved all the way to Calfornia.
I will always remember you and your kind smile, warm heart, beautiful sense of humor, and your ultimate sacrifice to this great country. You will never be forgotten Matt, I love you and will see you again one day. Save me a spot next to you up there in heaven so I know that I can laugh with you for all eternity. God Bless and Semper Fi!"
Laura Pignataro of San Diego, California, USA

"i didnt know mat but i have always wanted to be a marine and i have seen this and it was really sad but it still didnt change my mined about the marines im going in to hounor all the fallen i go to school with his sister i dont really know her but i just think how hard it would be going back to school knowing that your never going to see him agin i wish i was there to help wyett out i just think about it to much like i have always know of wyett cause my brother hang out with him about 4 or 5 years ago like ialmost feel a part of me is gone but i dont know i am so sorry. signed corey hicks"
corey of belleville

"To the family of:Matthew A. Wyatt I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Matt,

You Gave the ultimate sacrifice you will never be forgotten"
John Howard CPL USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I didn't know Matt all that well, but because of his sacrifice. many of my brothers are still alive today and for that I am thankful. I hope that I am never put in the same situation as him. but if so I pray that I have the same courage and honor that he did to protect my fellow MARINES and do the same same. I hope that one day we will meet in heaven and all will be well, and that until then he will be watching over me and make sure I do not make mistakes or have fault fault in my judgement of leading fellow Marines into harms way.
Sincerely,
Brandon Robinson, LCPL USMC"

"Matt, Its grandma again, I just had to send you another message on the 1st anniversary of you leaving us. We miss you more & more everyday, I don't think it will ever get any easier. Alan sang a real fitting song in church today in rembrance of you & let me tell you there were lots of tears. I just can't beleive that you are gone, I have your messages on my phone yet & I will start listining to them all the way through as we miss your phone calls when we are all together on holidays. Still when the phone rings when we are all together I still think that it is you. I know that you are at peace now & with Jesus but we miss you so much & miss & love you more everyday. We will see you in heaven & know that you will be at the pearly gate to greet us. You have a Happy Birthday in heaven & a Blessed Christmas & a Happy New Year. As always we will be thinking of you & whenever we are together the conversation goes to you everytime. We had a very emotional flag lowering ceremony at your house last night in your honor & went and had a beer with you after. I'm sure that you were there in spirit as you always are.
Love you Matt & miss you terribly
Love Grandma & Grandpa Wickell"
Arlene Wickell of Millstadt, Ill

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"Matt,
I miss you so much!!! I can't believe you are a gone!! I need you in my live you the person that i looked up too in my life! To think that you gave up your own life to save others it is such an honor to call you my brother!! At school when people don't respect the flag durng things like a school assembly i just start yelling at them! People like you are giving up your life to this country and they can't stand up fpr five seconds! To respect the flag and our country!! You will live on in my hert forever!! I can't wait till i see you in heaven Matt! I believe that you are looking down on me and watching over me and i thank you for that!!! I love you Matt!!!!!!"
Joe Emke of Belleville, IL

"Hey Matt, I haven't had the chance to thank you yet for everything that you have done for me. In the short time that I knew you, you taught me so much. You were the best fire team leader I had in Iraq, I'm sure the other Marines would strongly agree. Besides the fact of you being a great Marine, you we're even more of a friend to all of us. Thank You"
Lcpl Grey of Birdsboro, PA

"I never have met my second cousin Matthew. But I pray that God will comfort my cousin and her husband and my aunt and uncle though sadness of this terrible lost. I am proud of my cousin Matthew and all the other fellow service men and women that have served before and and with him. May God always Bless them all."
Glen Wickell, USNR of Chickasaw, AL

"My Beloved Matt.
I had to write you again as we are missing you so much. Wonder when the hurt will go away, it hasn't yet & it has been almost 8months. We look at your pictures on our walls, on the screen saver on the computer, at church & it just has not sunk in yet. I can't believe that you are gone. Your buddies from Camp LeJuene left such nice messages & at the Bronze Star ceremony they were just awesome, seemed like we knew them all our lives, and they loved you so much & couldn't say enough about you. We are so proud of you & miss you so much. Just had to say again how much you meant to us & you will never be forgotten. See ya in heaven & you be waiting for us at the pearly gates to welcome us to your beautiful home.
Love you forever.
Grandma & Grandpa Wickell"
Arlene & Vern Wickell of Millstadt, Il., USA

"To the Family of Cpl. Matthew Wyatt:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Matt's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Matthew was an awesome Marine and I couldn't picture him doing any thing else in his life, He love ddoing what we were doing at Trebil and wanted so badly to do something great and extrordinary in his life. He gave his life protecting us a Trebil and he will never be forgotten. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. I remember our last conversation and i don't think he would have wanted to go any other way. He died with HONOR and will live in my heart FOREVER. I love you man!"
Cpl Geer, Jordan m, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Matt we are all soo proud of you!! You are so brave!! You are such an honored person! we all love you and miss you very much!! I was so proud to go the ceremony for the bronze star. You truely are my brother and hero.
Your little brother,
Joe Emke"
Joe Emke of Belleville, IL

"Cpl Wyatt,

I spend a lot of time thinking about the time we shared and the conversations we had. You had more of an impact on the platoon before and after your death than you will ever know. I had the honor of attending the ceremony in which your bronze star was presented. Your town, family and friends were just had you had described them to me. They are all so very proud of you, it was remarkable experience to see it with my own eyes. I will never forget the sacrifice that you gave for myself and the rest of first platoon. There has not been a day that goes by that I have not thought of those last words that we shared. Thank you.

Verlene and Allen,

I just wanted to take one more oportunity to thank you for your hospitality during our visit. It was an honor to finally meet you in person. Matt was the kind of man that all men strive to be, I miss him greatly. Thank you."
Matthew Hetrick, GySgt USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

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

"My Beloved Matthew...It still hasn't completely sunk in but I'm finding out just how many lives you truly touched. I only had you for a very short time but in that time you made more of a difference than I could ever dream of making.

God Bless Sierra 5/10 and Tango 5/10 for being such a GREAT MARINE FAMILY!!! I take great comfort in knowing you were there for Matt until the very end when I couldn't be.

Matt you are MY HERO, MY GUARDIAN ANGEL and the GREATEST SON a mom could ask for. You will live on in my heart as long as I do and I promise to make you proud.
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!! Mom"
Verlene Wyatt of Millstadt, IL

"Matt, we miss you here at Trebil more than anything. What I would do to switch our lives. You are all of our heros here. I will miss all the good times we had at lejeune and here. Thank for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten"
Sgt, Greg Iworsky of Amesbury Ma 01913

"Matt, We miss you so much, we go to talk to you & visit you, can't believe it yet. You are our hero and we will remember you forever, we will see you in heaven. We know that you are safe now and you are home. We love you Matt & we know that you will be with us in spirit at every gettogether & every holiday, we miss the phone calls when we were all together, when the phone rings when we are having our family get togethers I almost say, guess that's Matt because it always was you when the phone would ring when we were all together. We talk about the days when we had such good times & how you were the clown of the family.
We love you so much Matt and we will see you again someday.
Love Grandma & Grandpa Wickell"
Arlene Wickell of Millstadt, Il.

"Millstadt citizens will never forget what a sacrifice that Matthew Wyatt made for us so we can continue to have our freedom. Nor will we forget the sacrifice that his family suffered by having to let him go. GOD Bless You Matthew & may GOD Bless Matt's family in their time of sorrow. Matthew A. Wyatt is Truely Our Hometown HERO."
Diana (Carroll) Fults of Millstadt, IL, USA

"Matt You will be greatly missed by your little "brother" I will remeber you always you are my hero"
Joe Emke of Belleville, IL

"There are no words to express the deep sense of loss I have for the family of Matthew. My son has told me it was a tremendous honor to have served with this fine young man.

From John Hetrick - father of G/Sgt Matthew Hetrick, S/5/10, Matthew Wyatt's unit"
John Hetrick of Omaha, NE

"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 Corporal Matthew A. Wyatt,

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

"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 "

"Thank you Matthew Wyatt, 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 Cpl. Matthew Wyatt:
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 Cpl. Matthew Wyatt:
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