Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Matthew L. Bertolino

20, of Hampstead, New Hampshire.
Bertolino died when the vehicle he was traveling in was involved in a rollover while operating as part of a combat patrol near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on February 9, 2006.

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"To the family of:Matthew L.Bertolino
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""


The flame of your memory burns bright in the darkness your passing left in my heart. Your memory is always carried with me."
Ryan Wells of Skowhegan, Maine

"Matt, we miss you everyday. You are always close in our thoughts. Thank you for being part of our lives. You will always be remembered."
The Wells Family of E. Hampstead, NH

"Matthew will be remembered always. His spirit lives on and his sacrifice for the blessings of liberty are gratefully appreciated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Sending peace and love to his family"
Katie Wolff- a teacher from Hampstead Middle School of New Hamphire

"it's taken me nearly 5 years to finally come to terms with it, but I finally have. You were my best friend, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't look at your picture and think of you. Thank you so much for what you've given, I'll always look up to you."
Matt Brinkerhoff of Williston, Vermont, United States

"God Bless you and your family. Your death hit this small town hard. You will always be remembered."
Sarah of Hampstead

"Matthew, thanks for everything you did. My good friend Jeremy knew you due to you both living in Hampstead. He is also in the Corps. and when he heard the news, he was a mess. You are his hero and mine. Im in the DEP right now and will be leaving soon. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless!"
Elizabeth Stanley of Derry, NH

We went to high school together, we were in the DEP together and we were at boot camp together. I remember when you had to wait a day to go down to the island and I got stuck in a different platoon. We still had our chats in the classroom and on the crucible. When I heard about your passing it hit me hard. I know now you are guarding the streets of heaven. Semper-Fi."
LCpl Mikolyski of Twentynine Palms, CA

"I finished you quilt and as I step aside to take a better look at it I started to cry. I get very emotion when I get done with a quilt because I truly put my heart into it to honor your beloved. I hope when you receive your quilt you will find comfort in knowing that yes your son was not forgotten and that he is still very much honor by many. It was an honor designing your quilt and I pray and hope that you truly would wrap yourself in your quilt and feel the love that we put into it. If you need me you know you can email me at debeniel@ncn.net when you receive your quilt please take a picture of you and your quilt so we can put it on the website to honor your son and you."
Betty Nielsen (Freedom Quilts Inc of Fonda, IA 50540 USA

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Matthew L. Bertolino:
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

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

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
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"PFC Bertolino,

I have never met you, but we are brothers nontheless. I was one of the Marines present at the time your mother and father were notified of your untimely death. You have a wonderful family, and I pray that you are looking down upon them, comforted that they were taken care of during the hardest time of their lives. As Marines, we pride ourselves in taking care of our own; I hope you can take pride in the manner in which we took care of your family.

Semper Fidelis, Warrior."
SSgt Peter Wilcott of Northwood, NH

"Thank you Matthew Bertolino, 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 Pfc. Matthew Bertolino:
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 Pfc. Matthew Bertolino:
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